It all comes back to home
Von Wilson's experiences in high school still a part of his life
Von Wilson has traveled the world, earned degrees at three schools and explored several business opportunities since graduating from Moffat County High School in 1982. His classroom experiences in the vocational and agricultural curriculum have never left him.
Wilson was born in Moffat County, where both of his parents, Loyd and Elaine DuPress, also attended school. Wilson grew up on his parents’ ranch.
In high school, he played football and basketball his freshman and sophomore years but then started to focus more on Vo-Ag classes and competition.
His junior and senior years he competed across the country in Vo-Ag competitions.
His junior year, the Vo-Ag team took third at nationals.
Wilson said two of his most inspirational and instrumental teachers were Bill Spicer and Pete Bergmann
Spicer taught Wilson in the vocational and agricultural classes.
“Wilson was a good student. He was very involved and a leader in activities,” Spicer said. “He learned a little about being a blacksmith from my class.”
To this day, Wilson still uses his blacksmith skills to create treasures for his home.
“My grandfather was quite a welder, and it became a passion of mine,” he said. “Mr. Spicer helped feed that passion.”
These days, Wilson is a chiropractor. But when he isn’t adjusting people’s joints, he’s welding.
Spicer said it doesn’t surprise him that Wilson is still involved with what he learned in the high school shop.
“Many students stay in the area and stick with the agricultural aspects,” Spicer said. “They learn and receive additional knowledge in college but almost always come back to the ag community.”
Bergmann was Wilson’s earth science teacher and his football coach
“(Bergmann) was phenomenal,” Wilson said. “He was a great educator and a great teacher, who could really get through to people.”
Bergmann remembered his time with Wilson.
“Von was a good student, eager to learn,” he said. “He was a leader in the class and on the football field. He had a positive attitude and came to class ready to learn, and he had a positive influence in the class”
After high school, Wilson went to Northeastern Junior College in Sterling. He also traveled around the world with “Up With People,” the renowned musical troupe comprised of young performers. He traveled to 14 countries and 49 states.
After traveling with Up With People, Wilson went to Flagstaff, Ariz., and Northern Arizona University to earn a bachelor’s degree in general studies.
He met his wife, Molly, in Arizona, and they moved back to Craig for six months. They moved to Steamboat Springs, where they opened Mocha Molly’s coffee shop. Wilson and his wife had the coffee shop for five years when they sold it and Wilson went back to college. He attended Western State Chiropractic College in Portland, Ore., in 2000. He works as a chiropractor four days a week and blacksmiths on his off days.
In Wilson’s spare time, he plays in a bluegrass band called The Storm Mountain Moon Shiners. Wilson plays the banjo in the band, which has another connection to his days at Moffat County. He taught himself how to play the banjo after he made one in woods class in high school.
For Wilson, it almost all goes back to Moffat County High School.
“It was a valuable time for me,” he said. “Craig is where I grew up.”
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