Bob Chandler was born in Hartford, Ct. and, as a small boy, lived in the country town of East Berlin, Ct.
When he was 9 years old, his family moved to Long Beach, where he received most of his basic education.
After graduating from high school in 1962, Chandler began a career in the fire service as a seasonal firefighter on a hot shot crew in the San Bernardino National Forest. After serving for 21 years as a fire captain and 30 years of service, primarily with the San Bernardino County Fire Department, he retired from the fire service in 1992.
Other than a basic education and a few English and creative writing classes, Chandler's continued higher education was primarily focused on his career in the fire service.
Now Chandler works with the Hesperia Recreation and Park District.
Q: What do people not know about your job?
A: Which one? Right now, my wife and I both keep very busy working on our 10-acre mini-ranch while also continuing on with our white dove release business. From time to time, I'm also blessed to have the opportunity to help out with the Hesperia Recreation and Park District.
Q: What is the best thing about your job?
A: For all of the things that I've just mentioned, I really don't consider any of them as a "jobs," because they're all things that I've chosen to do. I believe that the most important thing that I do now is to live my life in the best way that I can to bring about both glory and honor to Jesus Christ.
Q: Tell us about one thing you want to accomplish in life.
A: To continually set an example for my kids and grandchildren, as a man of integrity, honor and conviction.
Q: What is your greatest accomplishment, professional or personal, to date?
A: Surrendering all that I have and all that I am to Jesus Christ.
Q: Where would you like to be in 10 years?
A: Wherever God wants me to be.
Q: What makes you tick?
A: My walk with Christ.
Q: What is the source of your values?
A: The Bible
Q: Who is someone who had a big influence on your life?
A: Not related to my spiritual beliefs? Oh my! My mind is reeling with some thoughts about all kinds of people that I've come across while in the fire service and out of it who've impacted my life. I guess I'd have to say: My father, my wife and my kids.
Q: What is your favorite quotation?
A There are hundreds of them in the Bible, but as a novice historian, I'd have to say that one of my favorites is: "Preparedness is the key to success and victory." Douglas MacArthur — West Point, 1898.
Q: Tell us about your belief system.
A: I believe what's written in the Bible.
Q: What motivates you?
A: In everything that I do, I try to do it to please God. When I do that, I don't have to spend time looking over my shoulder, but instead can spend my time looking ahead while moving forward with a clear conscience.
Q: What is your secret to living a happy, satisfying life?
A: My wife and I both try to put God first in all that we do.
Q: What is something you are particularly proud of?
A: God has given my such wonderful children and grand children. All of my kids are grown up now and have developed into very hard working and responsible adults
Q: What book had a significant impact on you?
A: The Bible
Q: What are five things you can't live without?
A: God's love, fear, forgiveness, grace and patience.
Q: What words of advice do you have for younger generations?
A: 1. Follow Christ. 2. Be people of honor and integrity. 3. Serve others. 4 Earn self esteem. 5. Never bring dishonor or shame to your family. 6. Be respectful to elders. 7. Be patient and slow to anger. 8. Measure success by what you give, not what you get.
Q: What is your passion?
A: To be the best I can be in God's eyes.
Q: What do you do in your free time?
A: Read, write, visit and sit on the front porch with my lovely wife, Verna, to watch the quail and rabbits come down for their evening drinks and food.
Q: Which three people, living or from history, would you like to have at a dinner party, and why?
A: Jesus and any two of his 10 disciples.
Q: What's your favorite movie and why?
A: I really don't have a favorite, but we just watched "Band of Brothers," and as a truly patriotic American, I love viewing it every year around Memorial Day.
Q: Tell us about a special vacation.
A: Verna and I don't take very many of them, but a number of years ago, my wife and I did go on our one and only cruise. It was great!
Q: If you had three wishes, what would they be?
A: Whenever I catch myself wishing, I turn it into a prayer.
Q: What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
A: Is there such thing as a semi-addiction to "In-N-Out" burgers?
Q: Tell us about your first car.
A: It was a 1956 Ford something or other. Immaculate and midnight metallic blue; all for $550. I'd love to own another one.
Q: What's your favorite sports team and why?
A: I'm a football guy and I loved to watch Peyton Manning play for the Colts. But, since he's not with them any more, I'll probably root for the team that he's with now.
Q: What's the best thing about living in Hesperia?
A: You just can't find a better park district than the Hesperia Recreation and Park District and I'm so very proud to be part of it's professional team. As far as the city itself, times are tough all over and, like all of the other High Desert communities, the city of Hesperia struggles, too. But, despite all of its fiscal challenges, it remains solid. Those serving on the City Council are doing a great job and they should be commended for their dedication and continuing hard work.
Q: What is your earliest memory of the city?
A: While living near Lake Arrowhead, my wife and I would sometimes escape from the fog, rain and snow to come down and spend a sunny day at one of the parks.
Q: Describe a special memory you have of Hesperia.
A: The Christmas tree lighting ceremonies at the corner of C Avenue and Main Street.
Q: Tell us about the charities that are close to your heart and why.
A: Operation Christmas Child, operated through Samaritan's Purse. It's a program that provides small gifts packed in shoe boxes and sent to needy kids all over the world, while at the same time shares in the good news about Jesus Christ.
Q: What's your favorite place to eat in Hesperia?
A: Hesperia Airport.
Q: What new businesses would you like to see come to Hesperia?
A: Trader Joe's and Lowe's.
Q: If you could change one thing about Hesperia, what would it be?
A: The wind — it makes for a "bad hair day."
Q: Tell us one thing that most people don't know about you.
A: Well, I guess it would be that my wife and I actually put together much of our log home together by ourselves. (Yes, log homes are meant to be crooked.)
Q: Is there anything else you'd like to say, anything you'd like to get off your chest?
A: We need new leadership in Sacramento. In November, all of our extreme leftist legislators need to be thrown out of office and replaced with conservatives who are against raising taxes and won't impose more restrictive laws, rules and regulations upon us.