I was born in Big Spring, Texas to Ollie Ivan Deel and Helen Francis Wood. I am a retired Senior State Trooper with the Texas Highway Patrol, Department of Public Safety (State Police). I served the state of Texas for over 28 years. In my law enforcement career, I always treated people the way that I would want to be treated if I were in their place. I would like to thank everyone for the flowers and notes that have been left for my mother, HELEN FRANCIS WOOD DEEL and father, OLLIE IVAN DEEL and dear father-in-law and mother-in-law ELVIN OSCAR "SHORTY" BURKLUND and NANCY IRENE MORGAN BURKLUND and other members of my family. God Bless!