Lon Cole is a man of many talents and many experiences. He was born as a bonafide baby boomer in the Bay Area of California. His father had the distinction of serving in both World War II and the Korean War. Service to his country was part of his heritage and he followed the call to serve in the US Navy as a combat medic in the Vietnam War, where he was decorated as a war hero for gallantry and distinguished service to his fellow soldiers. This determination to help others is reflected in the diverse and interesting career paths he has experienced, including surgical technician, police officer, private security, and a business owner and entrepreneur.
His friends and colleagues know him to be a man of great wit, with a happy countenance and absolute integrity. Lon has faced many adversities in life from a dysfunctional childhood, serious wounds from his service in Vietnam, and many other medical difficulties that have challenged him throughout his life. He is supported by his wife of over forty years, his two children and their spouses, and his nine grandchildren. He has also leaned heavily on his unwavering faith in God and his resolve to serve Him by helping lift the burdens of others.
Lon has also found strength in helping others by writing poems. It started after his challenging service in Vietnam and has continued to be a passion of his in an effort to lift up his family, friends, and anyone who needed encouragement through his poetic words. In recent years Lon was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease and has found that this challenge in his life has motivated his pen, and the poetry has flowed freely and often, as he puts his feelings and efforts to lift others into his poems.
Even though he has started to forget some things, his efforts to record his inspirations and thoughts have been more productive than ever. He loves to make people laugh, lift their spirits, and make them think about what matters most. Most of all, he wants people to be alive and thankful for the privileges God has given them.