2009-2016                 SparkysCorner                                     Kalispell, MT

  • Owner Operator
  • Web Design and Hosting
  • Data driven webs, Static webs, RAD webs
  • Graphic Design, Logos, Web Banners, Animations

1998-1999                      SparkysCorner   aka Advanced Computer Sales and Service

  • Computer Sales
  • Computer Repair
  • Network Installation
  • Microsoft Server Repair

Duties:  As the owner of Sparkys Web Design I was in charge of all phases of web management. We managed many types of Web Servers both Microsoft and Linux.  Sale of web hosting, Online Sales, Web Design, Graphic Art, Logos, Phone support, Content Management(CMS) mainly DotNetNuke using a MS-SQL, Custom web to sell merchandise, club websites with paid enrollment. Network design, Adobe Graphics, IIS,


Sandon Construction

Sandon Construction known for their road building, concrete and extruded concrete products. Herb Sandon owner of Sandon Construction was a good friend and father-in-law. I worked for Sandon Construction part time for more than 10 years. I would fill in weekends, evenings or whenever I was not working another position.


One day while working on Herb’s CPM computer (pre Microsoft) I began to see a need for Job Costing as his accounting system did not track job information. I spent my spare time over the next few months to design and write a program that would gather information from accounts receivable and accounts payable and gather job costing information. I added fields in both accounts payable and accounts receivable to accommodate job codes.


In 1982 I took a leave from Industrial Wood Products to work on a large concrete pouring project that Herb was working on. Sandon Construction had been awarded the contract to place all the concrete on main street in Kalispell Montana. This was a big project and a short time frame. I worked as a concrete finisher. My day would be coming at 5am and lay out flower planter rings, street sign posts, street lamp posts, parking meter posts and anything else the engineers would throw at me. 6am the remaining finishers would show up and I would stand in concrete with a shovel and rake till 2pm. Once all the sidewalks were poured I was assigned to the main portion of the street project where I would come to work at 6am, shovel concrete till 2 pm. I would come back at 10pm and run a concrete saw till 2am. Some weeks I worked more than 80 hours.


While working for Sandon Construction I operated concrete saws, jack-hammers, backhoe, dump truck, motor grader and computer.

Krause Lumber Company

Krause Lumber Company was a family legacy owned by Harry Krause Sr. After a failed sale in 1977 I began my career in the saw mill industry by working the planer operations of Krause Lumber Company. After Harry Krause Sr. Passed away in late 1977 the family ran Krause Lumber Company as a custom or cut to order saw mill. My main focus was the planer setup man and planer foreman. I setup a Yates 91 babbitt planer with a double pattern profile head. I had to know how a lost art of pouring my own high speed bearings from babbitt to keep the planer in top condition. This old planer made before 1920 still did great work through 1984. I worked on all phases of the planning operation from forklift to charge the planer, feeder, planer man, knife grinder, certified grader, trimmer operator and then forklift to clear and load lumber trucks. Because of the size of the planning operation I also performed all the maintenance on all the machinery and did carpenter work to repair buildings.

During the off season at the planer I would work in the sawmill where I operated the log loader, edger, bull edger, gang saw, trimmer and pulled on the green lumber chain sorting lumber. I would also do millwright and electrician duties.

Part of the maintenance included the complete rebuild of a Detroit 6-71, overhaul of a small Block Chevy, wiring and install of 3 phase electric motors and starters, building custom repair parts with the lathe and press, repairing tires, welding and cutting. 

Other operations at Krause Lumber Company that I was responsible for were bookkeeping and accounting from making out invoices and receiving monies to ledger entries and paying the bills. I did lumber sales and customer support. There was no part of the lumber operations that I was no directly associated with. I even spent time on the crawler, backhoe, skidsteer and of course a favorite was the many hours spent on a motor grader shaping up gravel roads.
The family owned sawmill was sold at auction and dismantled in 1984 the land was also sold. There is no remnant of the landmark buildings that remain.