Contributed by Larry Bivins
I was born March 17, 1944 in Anchorage, Alaska to Orland & Lucille Bivins. My father worked for the Alaska Railroad as a Conductor and my mother was a house wife / teacher. I have two brothers Gary (my twin) and Dean (older by 6 yrs.) Anchorage was a great place to grow up! I was educated in the Anchorage School District grades 1-12.
I experienced the 3 biggest events in Alaska History: 1.) Becoming the 49th State of the Union in 1958. 2.) The great Alaska Earthquake of 1964. 3.) The discovery of oil on the Kenai peninsula which led to Prudhoe Bay, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, and to Alaska becoming, perhaps, the largest oil producer in the U.S
I Became an employee of the Alaska Railroad one week after Graduation from West Anchorage High School in 1962. I remained with the Alaska Railroad until my retirement in 1993. In 1964 I embarked on a four year apprenticeship to become a Construction Equipment Mechanic. In 1989 I was promoted to the position of Construction Equipment Repair Supervisor for the Alaska Railroad system. In 1993 at the age of 49 I was downsized into retirement from the Alaska Railroad. For the next 15 years I continued to work in the construction industry as a Construction Equipment salesman.
During my employment at the Alaska Railroad I was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve for 17 years. The highest rank I held was Master Sargent / First Sargent. I was also on the Board of Directors of Denali Federal Credit Union for 10 years. In 2003 I was elected Statewide Grand President of the Pioneers of Alaska, an organization of some 3000 members.
I met my wife Karen in the fall of 1963. We were married in December 1964. We have two sons. Larry Jr. and Bill. Larry works construction in the Phoenix area and Bill is a Locomotive engineer for the Alaska Railroad. Karen and I have enjoyed nearly 55 years together (December 2019).
After spending 60 years in Alaska we felt it was time for a change. The winters were becoming very long, dark & cold. Our change was to move to Green Valley, Arizona. We moved to Green Valley on a year around basis in 2005. We enjoy all Arizona has to offer. To get out of the heat of summer we started to travel in our motorhome every summer which eventually led us to WMVV where we bought an RV lot on Bulldog. We enjoyed WMVV so much we decided what we really needed was a park model `in WMVV. Well we found it on the corner of Recreation Loop & Cattle drive and purchased it last summer. (We still have the RV lot on Bulldog).
This brings us to the reason for this short Bio. I look forward to serving the homeowners of WMVV as a member of the Transition team. My goal is to make the transition as open and transparent as possible and geared to the benefit of the home owners of WMVV. Remember “We are all in this boat together.”