Biography

I was born in November of 1939 at the LDS Hospital in Idaho Falls. My parents were Joseph Ray and Emma Virginia Molen McCandless. The Molen family moved to Menan from Utah in the 1890s. The McCandless' came to Lewisville/Grand it the early 1900s.

During my school years we lived in Menan, Ririe, Dillon, Montana, Warden Washington and fanally back to Menan to finish high school.

 I went into the Navy Oct 1957.  I attended A school and was assigned to a base in Japan.  I was released to reserve status as CT(m)2 and on completion of my reserve status received an Honorable Discharge.

I spent 18 years at a "temporary" job in a bank until 1979 when I went to work for the Bonneville County Sheriff's Office where I served until 12-31-99, retiring as a Sergeant.

While working at the bank in Sandpoint I met my wife to be.  We have been married 45+ years and have three daughters, Kim, Jill and Melanie.  We now have 5 grandchildren, 3 boys, 2 girls.

In 1999 I finally heard what wasn't being said and finally asked later to be Brother Don Cowell if he could talk with me and explain a little about Freemasonry.  Here are the results of that conversation.


Member of Eagle Rock #19, Scottish Rite, York Rite, Shrine and have held many offices in all of the bodies and now MWGM of Idaho.