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Our people: A jack of all trades


March 17, 2019

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Me and my wife Martha with my kids, from left, Brian, Gene, Andy and Gena.

My name is Bill Aylesworth. I was born in Plainview, Texas and have lived in Clovis since 1963. I served in the United States Army during the Korean War. I worked at the Safeway Milk Plant for 25 years. I have been married to my wonderful wife Martha for 62 years. We have four children, six grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. Since retirement, I became a handy-man and jack-of-all-trades.

What's an accomplishment you're proud of?

I am proud of serving on the board of El Porvenir Christian Camp for 20 years. I was able to help make amazing improvements to this camp that has helped lead many children and youth to Christ.

How did you meet your spouse?

I met my wife Martha when I was 10-years-old and she was 8. At the time I had no idea that I would marry her 13 years later and have an amazing life.

Tell us about your favorite hobby.

My hobby is buying used cars, fixing them up and re-selling them. I once made an El Camino out of a Chevy Caprice.

What is your most prized possession?

When I was 17, my prized possession was a 1929 Model A Ford which I paid $20 for. I wish I still owned that car but my mom gave it away while I was in Korea. My best friend Willie loved that car and said it got four girls to the mile.

Tell us about a time you cried.

One time I cried was when my oldest son Gene died. He was in the U.S. Navy. In 1977 he went to California to serve on the submarine the USS Seawolf. Before he began his tour, he was killed in a car accident.

Where do you like to travel?

I like to go to Branson, Missouri where I can hear the old-time country music. My favorite acts are Jim Stafford, Neal McCoy, Mickey Gilley, Shoji Tabuchi and Buck Trent. I like to go with my sister Bea, my niece Sarah, and my daughter Gena.

Do you have any funny stories?

My grandkids think the story about the only blind date I ever went on is hilarious. You really have to hear that story in person in order to get the full effect.

Who are your heroes?

I have two heroes. The first is Hugh Freeman, who was a sheriff of Bailey County. When I was young, he would pick me up after school and take me on his rounds. He is one of the finest peace officers I have ever known. He was interested in helping young people stay out of trouble. The second is Nelson Worley who was chief of the Clovis Police. He and I were good friends and used to stop and drink coffee at Denny's on our way to work. He was the finest police officer ever.

What is an adventure you have been on?

Many years ago, my nieces Karen, Sarah and I went to Durango to go white water rafting. When we started out, we had no idea the adventure would happen before we ever reached Durango. We were on a mountainous road heading to Taos. I was driving the truck and pulling a pop-up trailer. The road was narrow with a sheer drop off on the right side. We were traveling along when all of a sudden the back wheel on the passenger side just came off the truck. Thankfully we were at a rare spot that had a little extra space on the side. I was able to safely bring everything to a stop. I had to walk downhill about 20 yards to recover the tire. The brakes were messed up on that side so I had to use bailing wire to keep them together and put the spare tire on. We very slowly continued down the winding road until we made it to town where I could fix the problem. White water rafting was exciting but nothing like that experience on the road. The Lord was looking out for us that day.

What is your theme song?

My theme song would be "Amazing Grace."

What is your idea of the perfect day?

My idea of the perfect day is when the wind doesn't blow.

- Compiled by Staff Writer Jamie Cushman


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