About the author: Darrell O. Turner was born in Washington State. He served with the 36th Combat Engineer Regiment during World War II. The unit fought in H-Hour invasions of North Africa, Sicily, Anzio, Salerno, and France and served as combat engineers with the U.S. 3rd, 5th and 7th Armies.
Educated at Georgetown University, University of Washington and Washington State University, he served thirty-two years as a soil scientist on the faculty of WSU.
After retirement from WSU he was elected to six terms as President of Washington State Farm Bureau, and for twelve years was a board member of a large insurance company. He presently heads a family farm partnership operating nearly 1,000 acres in northwest Washington.