Our people: Service oriented


March 15, 2020

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Tina Dziuk poses with a backhoe at a job site from her business, White Rock Crushing in Portales.

My name is Tina Dzuik. I live in Portales and I've lived here for four years almost. I co-own a business, White Rock Crushing. I also chair the Roosevelt County Republican Party. I am also running for national committeewoman for the Republican Party.

I've very active in faith organizations. There are two ministries I am involved with: one is LifeQuest USA and we mentor incarcerated and at-risk youth. The other is the Honor Her Ministry.

I will be 49 this month and I am working on my bucket list of things I want to do before I turn 50. I have three kids, Tyler, 25; Alec 21; and Kaylyn, 11. The two oldest work for the family business.

I spent a lot of time between here and Albuquerque with the board I serve on and recently about half my time between here and Valencia County. I've spent the last five months with my father who is the mayor of a town in Valencia, who has been in and out of the hospital and is taking time off from politics.

When you were a child, what did you want to grow up to be?

The earliest I can remember, when I was 12 years old I wanted to be a psychiatrist or social worker and I wanted to help people.

That's the only thing I can really remember, just doing something that would help people get better.

When my son was 13, I told him he could be anything he wants to be. He looked at me and said "Mom, that is such a lie."

I asked him what he meant and he said if that were true there would be a bunch of ninjas running around.

What is your idea of a perfect day?

It'd be early morning and I'm a coffee person. It'd be outside at 5:30 a.m. or 6 a.m. with me listening to the birds on an early summer morning drinking coffee and watching the sun come up.

That'd be perfect because I'm such an on-the-go person, to just sit there would be perfect.

Do you have any pets?

We have a lot of pets. There are 14 horses. Mostly they're all my daughter's, who's a big animal lovers. For dogs I need to count, we have six dogs I think, but they don't all live at the same place. We also have some cattle, but I don't know how many, that's all my daughters.

What's your most prized possession?

Outside of my Bible, it is a lamp that was made by my grandfather for his mom when he was in the eighth grade. My great grandma used to use it all the time and it still works.

I still use it. It's meaningful to me because as part of my faith, we need to let our light shine and that lamp is just a reminder of that. It was something he made by hand when he was 13 for his mom.

What do you collect?

I collect old Bibles, but I like most when they're written in. It's interesting to go back and look at them.

I look at mine and I've used it since I was 17. I'm 49 now and I can go back look where I've written and underlined and I can tell where I was in my life when I wrote in it.

I like to do that with other people. To look at what they've written and see what their thoughts were and their struggles. They'll put it in their Bible.

They underline, write in the margins and that's why I like old bibles.

Tell me about a time you cried.

There's been several. Probably the last times I really cried, more of the biggest ones, is that I had an aunt who was murdered in 1992.

That turned our family upside down. Not only did we cry, but also it was right around Christmas time. We mourned for losing her and mourned that our family would never be the same.

Its different from something like losing someone from cancer. A totally different type of loss.

It was one of the biggest times I cried. When we were taking down Christmas decorations for a while we thought it might be the last Christmas we would ever celebrate.

I've lost a husband to leukemia, a mother to cancer, a grandmother, an uncle and family members, but its a different kind of loss.

What is your favorite quote?

One of my favorite ones is "Do what you can with what you have and where you are." by Theodore Roosevelt.

Sometimes we feel like things are too overwhelming and that we cant make a difference, but if we just all do our part we'll impact others and the greater world doing it.

There's that one and Bill Russell: "The game is scheduled. I have to play, so I might as well win."

If money were no object, what would you do to make Eastern New Mexico a better place?

My heart is for kids and I would do what I can to provide for kids. Whether that's providing clothing, books, and other things for kids or even piano lessons.

Anything to encourage or equip kids for the future, that's where I'd spend the money.

What is a personal accomplishment you're proud of?

This is a little bit different, but being able to go through a divorce and remain on good terms with my ex-husband who I share a business with. We also share out daughter together.

I've watched - and you see this with what has happened in Santa Fe with that red-flag bill - you see divorce couples get angry at one another and may even want to harm one another.

We went through our angry time, but the way I see it, we can set an example for other people. Things can happen in your life but you can do your best with what you have and don't stay bitter or angry.

To me that's a big accomplishment.

What will your life be like 10 years from now?

I hope by then I will have retired from my business and I am hoping to write a book so I hope I am published by then. I also want to be more involved in politics than I am now.

That is a passion of mine and I want to fight for what I believe in for my children and their children. I want to be semi-retired and politically active. That's where I see myself in 10 years.

What's the best gift you've ever received?

One of the last gifts I got was really cool. I got a 6-foot tall wooden giraffe, which I got for Christmas. It's not something you'd normally get, but it's really cool.

- Compiled by Staff Writer Mathew Brock


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