Although professionally he was in construction (he was the "son of a son of a carpenter"), his real love was playing music. In his 40's he started playing drums in blues jam sessions around town and eventually became the touring drummer for Smokin' Joe Kubek, a famous Texas blues artist. During this time, he had the opportunity to play with and get to know many of his favorite blues musicians, and he often claimed he was "the luckiest man alive".
He leaves his wife of 21 years, Ruby, daughter Dalen, son Chad Gardner, sister Janet Miller and a host of friends in Clairemont and around the world to miss his lively personality and warm loving soul. A private service is pending.