Jarrod Ogden: The family man
December 24, 2009
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Occupation: Three Sons Construction owner
Organizations: Planning and Zoning Committee, Doak Walker Football coach
❱ "I just try to be as good a person as the one I married. (Tona) is a saint. She's even got the wings back there to prove it. I can show you if you want, it's an awesome tattoo.
❱ I grew up in Colorado, down by Grand Junction, De Beque area. I went to high school in Craig freshman and sophomore year. Moved away and graduated and came back about 9 years ago.
❱ When I left I said I'd never be back.
❱ I just like kids, and I like sports. I went to college to be an elementary physical education teacher. Just didn't make it. I had too much fun in college and it just didn't work out.
❱ When I went to psych 101 the third time, I knew I was in the wrong place. It was my third semester trying to pass that class. It was the first day, and the instructor asked me to stand up and he said, 'Mr. Ogden, seriously. This is the third time you've been in here,' I was like, 'You know what? You're right. I'm going to go be a coalminer, I'll see ya later.
❱ We came back to Craig because of the economy. In Junction, they laid everybody off. Junction doesn't have a lot of great wages, honestly.
❱ We had just bought our first house, and the mine shut down two weeks later, and she was pregnant. I was thinking just the typical, 'Why did I decide to have two kids and a house and get laid off? Oh wait, I did all that, then I got laid off.' So yeah, find a job. That was the first thing that came into my mind.
❱ I started working in Steamboat doing HVAC, controls construction and stuff like that. Commuted from Steamboat to De Beque every day, six days a week. Twelve-hour shifts and six hours on the highway got old after six months.
❱ I'd get home just in time to kiss everybody goodnight, then I'd get to sleep for a couple hours, then get up before everyone else got up, and leave.
❱ He was born and I was like 'Jeez, I didn't have a wife and kids to not see them.'
❱ I don't regret coming back here at all. It's an awesome community. For what I do, being self-employed, I have a great support group as far as subcontractors and suppliers and friends in general. I feel so confident about the ability of the people I rely on, I never even hesitate. I just pick up the phone and I know they'll take care of me. And I don't think I'm the only one who feels that way in this town.
❱ We recently did a job for a gal that was on a fixed income, and we basically just ended up doing it for cost.
❱ When I first got to Craig, I went to work at the school district as their HVAC technician for the maintenance department. Did that for about four years, then just got a wild hair to start our own business one day.
❱ I had the idea, but I never would have acted on it without Tona saying, 'Yeah lets do it.' We had our third son by then, hence the name Three Sons Construction. Everything I make goes right to them anyway, so I figured what the heck. Let's just call it like it is.
❱ We're building our shop on East Victory Way. That's kind of exciting because we actually get to have a shop, you know, instead of our garage.
❱ I think anybody that is self-employed that started from scratch has gone through this. You can want to be successful, but your success is probably directly proportionate to the amount of work you put into it. I mean, you hope so. So, I work 24 hours a day, really.
❱ Soccer, baseball, football, wrestling. Whatever the boys do, I coach. I've always coached them. I'll probably keep doing it after they're gone. It's just too much fun.
❱ I teach them sportsmanship first, and then have fun. And if you learn how to be a good sport, then you can "have fun. Because it doesn't matter if you win or lose. Kids love to win, but kids need to know how to lose, too.
❱ When I was coaching fifth- and sixth-grade football, we had our kids do a car wash. They made $1,400, and a bank in Hayden doubled it, and we sent it all to victims of Katrina.
❱ With the football, we just like to give back to the community. We like to do what we can. We make a living here for our family, so we feel like anything we can do for the community is like a payment in return.
❱ We do the Toys for Tots every year, just because it's cool to take the kids to Wal-Mart and have them buy $200 or $300 worth of toys, pick out whatever they want. And they were just like, 'This is the best, This is so cool.' Then we put it right in the truck, drove across the street and give them away. We didn't tell them the first year. They were like, 'But, I wanted that.' And I just said, 'Well, think about the kid who's never going to get that. He really wants it.'
❱ I'm not big on sleep. I figure when I die I'll do that. I get maybe three or four hours a night. And, soon snowplowing season will start up."