Employee Name: Jason W. Himmelwright
Number of years of service at Pahl’s: September 1998, you do the math.
Briefly describe your job duties at Pahl’s:
A little bit of everything, changes with the season (and by the minute) but basically whatever Gary & Brian Pahl tell me.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Having fun and making people smile.
Tell us about your family:
My parents are retired and enjoying life traveling the world and helping me with my boys. I have a 19 year old son in the Unites States Air Force, currently stationed in Clovis, New Mexico and a 10 year old son who lives with me in Apple Valley and is very active in hockey, baseball and football. My only brother, Lance, also works here at Pahl’s and got me this job 20 years ago as my time in the United States Marine Corps was completed and I needed to work while attending college.
What is your favorite time of the year? Why?
My favorite time of the year is the end of October and the entire month of November. Fall is my absolute favorite season with the nice weather and beautiful fall colors. Our busy work schedule is finally done for the season and I can finally enjoy sometime in the outdoors, especially hunting with my friends.
What is your favorite indoor/outdoor activity?
I love hockey. I really enjoy the Minnesota Wild, Minnesota Gophers and men’s league but I thoroughly enjoy watching my youngest son play hockey. He has played for 5 years now and is a first year squirt and to see how far they have come is so much fun. I look forward to watching them to continue to progress and hopefully watch the Wild host the Stanley Cup at least once in my lifetime.
What is the farthest you have been away from home?
When I was in the Marine Corps, I lived in a tent at the base of the Italian Alps for 7 months while I was deployed for Operation Deny Flight, Deliberate Force and Joint Endeavor (Bosnia Crisis). It was one of the most memorable times of my life and I was able to visit so many other countries during my time in Italy.
What are three things on your “Bucket List” ?
Wild to win the Stanley Cup
Vikings to win the Superbowl
Harvest a trophy Bull Elk with my bow in the mountains
What do you miss most about being a kid?
Less responsibility and also getting together at my Grandparents with all of our family.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Be more patient!
What was the first thing you bought with your own money?
A black lab named Mandy.
If you could choose anyone, who would you pick to be your mentor? Why?
I don’t think I could pick just one person. I think it would have to be a combination of a lot of amazing people. I know for sure my mom and step dad would be a part of that combination along with John Wayne and Ronald Regan..
If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
I have always wanted to throw a ginormous extravagant party and fly in all of my friends from across the country so they can celebrate with me and then give away AMAZING gifts.
Which celebrity do you get mistaken for?
Sadly enough (I guess), I never get mistaken for any celebrity. Maybe that is why I am single!
What is your all time favorite movie?
I love movies so it is very tough to just name one. I have always loved a good western (old or newer) especially Clint Eastwood and John Wayne. Growing up I always wanted to be like the family in Swiss Family Robinson. The Rocky series was a classic and still watch to this day as it seems to be on often. And very hard to beat movies like Braveheart, Gladiator and Dances with Wolves.
What song do you play the most often?
No particular song but my preferred radio station would be 97.1 FM or the coffee house on XM. Also, as I get older I am really starting to like country music, especially their concerts!
What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
Living in Minnesota while my oldest son grew up in Maine with his mother. Even though we saw each other multiple times a year and spoke often it was so tough being thousands of miles away and not being a part of his daily life. However, I do feel we have grown even closer the older we both get and am so proud of the young man he has become.