Paul Wilkey: Daring greatly
Paul Wilkey was born at Barstow Community Hospital, and his parents separated when he was too young to remember.
Wilkey graduated from BHS in 1989 (the best class, he says) and married his high school sweetheart, Dannie. Twenty-two years later they have four wonderful children.
Wilkey is currently the only State Farm Agent in Barstow. He is a board member of Barstow Heights Community Services District and attends Crossroads Assembly Church.
Q: Describe a special memory you have in the High Desert.
A: Watching the Space Shuttle land.
Q: What do you do in your free time?
A: Coach youth sports and family time.
Q: Tell us one thing that most people don’t know about you.
A: : I enjoy having coffee with my wife in the morning watching the sun rise.
Q: If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
A: Cure cancer.
Q: If you could change one thing about the High Desert, what would it be?
A: I would love to build a lake at the river bottom from 1st street to I-15.
Q: What person, living or from history, would you most like to have dinner with and why?
A: President Washington. I want his view of our country and what he would do to change it, if anything.
Q: Who is someone who had a big influence on your life?
A: My Mom and Dad.
Q: What talent do you most wish you had?
A: I wish I could dance!
Q: What is your favorite quotation?
A: “It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.” — Theodore Roosevelt
Q: What words of advice do you have for the next generation?
A: Never get used to someone else providing for you, when you do you lose your freedom!
Q: Tell us about the charities or causes that are close to your heart and why.
A: Youth sports, Church, and many others. Real needs are met.
Q: What is something you are particularly proud of?
A: My Family.
Q: What’s your favorite movie and why?
A: “Gladiator.” One man changes the circumstances he is in and overcomes evil.
Q: Tell us about your favorite thing about living in the High Desert?
A: Friends, family, and two hours away from the other places I like!
Q: What is the best thing about your job?
A: Meeting the needs of people in our community.
Q: What book had a significant impact on you?
A: The Bible.
Q: Of all the places you’ve been, what’s your favorite and why?
A: Lake Powell — Awesome.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
A: Jerusalem to visit the spiritual roots of Christ.
Q: What’s your favorite place to eat in the High Desert?
A: My house, we sit together as a family most every meal. Of course there is Del, Domingo’s, Quiggly’s, and Foster Freeze!
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A: Business owner, actively involved in our community.
Q: What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?
A: Classic Rock.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say?
A: Dare greatly!