Remembering my friend and mentor Dr. Dale Stukenholtz

Yesterday, I went to a memorial in Twin Falls, Idaho for Dale “Doc” Stukenholtz. Doc gave me my first computer programming job at Stukenholtz Laboratory in December 1984, working on an IBM AT and writing BASIC programs to lookup soil and plant nutrient values and recommend chemical compositions for various crops and yields.

As Gary Baker said during his Memories of a Life Well Lived: “when we lost Dale, a library burned”. Never was a truer statement spoken. Always the teacher (and often the student) Doc maintained a vast knowledge: agronomy, sports, business, science, history, and even a conspiracy theory or two.

Doc believed in me, and I will never forget that!