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Obtained a bachelor's degree in political science, a master's in ancient scripture, and a doctorate in educational psychology from BYU. Served with the LDS Church Educational System in Hayward and Palo Alto, California; Athens, Georgia; and Miami, Florida. Served as bishop in Newark, California, and Athens, Georgia, and as stake president of the Sugar Hill Georgia Stake. Served as president of the Mexico City North Mission 1996-99. After retiring from CES in 2004 have served four other missions with my wife: As CES area director in Central America 2004-2006; in Panama 2007-2009; again in Guatemala 2009-2011, this time as executive secretary to the Central America Area Presidency; and finally as a counselor in the Tegucigalpa Honduras Temple presidency, 2013-2014. After returning home, we served in the presidency of the Fort Lauderdale Temple from 2014-2017 and continue to serve as sealer and ordinance worker, respectively. Feel free to email us at, and please check out our new website at

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Texas Tidbits

We have been spending a most enjoyable weekend with Rick and Janessa and their family in their new home in Burleson, Texas. Friday they took us to the Fort Worth Stockyards, where we saw a "cattle drive" and got to watch Rick and three of his kids tackle a famous maze, with Abby skipping that to be able to ride a mechanical bull. Saturday we saw the Fort Worth Water Gardens and Botanic Gardens, and I enjoyed some racquetball with Rick in the afternoon. Surprisingly, I am still able to walk! Here are some representative photos:

Dr. Rick at TCU

Rick and Janessa and family in front of their Burleson home
Abby rides a mechanical bull. See the video below.

New Texans await the upcoming cattle drive.

Watching the cattle drive, staged twice daily for the benefit of tourists. Some of these longhorns have a 6 foot horn span!

Ricky and Parker finding their way through the maze.

Ricky and Kambry having an a"maz"ing time.

Taylor looks for the way out.

Taylor and Kambry survey the maze from one of the two lookout towers.

"Con man" Connor locked up in jail.




Parker locking up Grandma and Kambry

Fort Worth Water Gardens

Virginia, Ricky, and Taylor

Virginia and Abby somewhere over the rainbow

Kids explore unusual roots at water gardens.

Virginia poses by fish named in her honor.

In conservatory at botanic gardens

See video below of Abby riding bull:

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Caziers on the Cassiar, Seeing Scenic Scenery, and Beholding Bears

After two memorable weeks in Alaska, we started our journey homeward, opting to follow the Alaska Highway only a little over 900 miles, then heading south on the remote Cassiar Highway from Watson Lake (Yukon) most of the way down British Columbia. We fancied that the Cassiar Highway must have been named for some distant relative! It was a very scenic route, paved most but not all of the way, and afforded us the opportunity to see three more bears in the wild, not counting two we saw eating salmon when we decided to take a side trip from Meziaden Lake over to Steward (British Columbia) and Hyder (Alaska). We've never seen more beautiful scenery anywhere, nor had better wildlife viewing. You can see a video at the bottom of this post of bears eating salmon in Fish Creek, just outside of Hyder (a little "ghost" town of about 100 inhabitants and lots of closed up homes and businesses). Here are some of our favorite photos of the past week and a half. You should be able to enlarge any image by clicking on it (with the exception of the videos).

Major David Cazier on his way to work

Mountains with a fresh coat of snow between Fairbanks and the Canadian border. Fall comes early in the north.

A coyote (we think) between Fairbanks and the border. He had a fuller and more reddish-brown coat than many coyotes we have seen, but he seemed too big to be a fox and not quite the right color to be a wolf.

Virginia gathering raspberries at a campground in the Yukon. We had berries in our pancakes on several occasions. They included raspberries, blueberries, huckleberries, watermelon berries, and currants. We found that high bush cranberries would be better made into jelly (with the pit removed), and that "buffalo berries" are probably more delectable to bears than to people.

Typical scene on the Cassiar Highway

Rare two-headed bear encountered on the Cassiar Highway

Bear practices for the circus by walking on top of the barriers.

Bear Glacier on the road to Stewart/Hyder. This may be the best place in the world to see glaciers up close from your car.

Another glacier on the way to Stewart/Hyder. There were about 14 in all along the 40 mile drive.

Glacier at the top of the mountain spawns waterfalls on the road to Stewart.

Closeup of waterfalls coming off the glacier in the previous photo.

Leaving Hyder on the way to Stewart

Don in clutches of bear in Hyder

Picturesque pond next to Fish Creek in Tongass National Forest, where we observed bears eating salmon

Salmon in Fish Creek waiting to be eaten by bears

Black bear eats dead salmon (probably previously killed by a grizzly) in Fish Creek. See the video posted below for action shots.

Young grizzly prefers to catch live salmon in Fish Creek.

Grizzly enjoying salmon sushi

Bald eagle in tree at Fish Creek waits for his turn to enjoy some salmon.

Sockeye (red) salmon in Hanna Creek South, near Meziaden Junction. You can see them move a bit in the salmon video posted below.

Elk in Jasper National Park in British Columbia

Scenery in Jasper National Park

Scenery in Banff National Park (which adjoins Jasper)

More Banff scenery

Elk near Lake Louise in Banff National Park warily observe alien intruder.

More relaxed elk view spouse of alien intruder.

Virginia at Lake Louise

Virginia at Moraine Lake, near Lake Louise

Virginia in wild flower garden near Lake Louise

See bears feasting on salmon in the video below:

See sockeye salmon swim in the video below:

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Talented Cazier Kids Perform

Our last evening with David's and Amy's family included talent numbers from each of the children. The only untalented one present was their grandpa, who managed to tape most of them with the camera in vertical rather than horizontal position, forgetting that one cannot rotate video afterwards like he can a still shot. So please lie down and enjoy the following performances, which include Dallin at the piano, Ashley at the piano, Sydney at the piano, Joey bouncing a ball, Lyndsey (and Joey) standing on their heads, and Ashley and Dallin singing. For those who don't remember, Joey is their little boy with Down Syndrome who just turned three yesterday and is the cutest and most loveable tyke you could ever meet. He is very athletic and loves to mimic whatever others in the family do, as you'll see in the standing on the head video.

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Seeking Salmon in Seward

Last Tuesday we left Fairbanks along with David and Amy and their kids for an adventure in a cabin at Derby Cove, in Caines Head State Recreation Area, near Seward, accessible either by hiking in or by taking a water taxi. We opted for the latter. David and Amy were good sports about spending their 14th wedding anniversary in a one room cabin with their kids and parents! The weather turned out to be great once we got to the cabin, despite some predictions of possible rain. The following are some photos of some of our favorite memories of the trip:

Mt. McKinley was visible in all its glory on the way down. Most of the summer it is obscured by clouds or haze, as it was on our return trip.
As it was raining on Tuesday in Seward, we were grateful to be able to spend the night with David's family in a townhouse at a military resort, with all (or most) of the comforts of home.

Here we are at the cabin, in Derby Cove, in Caines Head State
Recreation Area, a couple of miles or so from Seward. David and Amy did their cooking over a campfire.

Amy cooks foil dinner and salmon.

David displays small jellyfish.

David displays edible portion of pink salmon he caught. He and Amy each caught multiple pink salmon but kept and cooked only one, hoping instead to catch the larger and more succulent silver salmon, but they may not have arrived yet.

Don cooks hamburgers in a more conventional way.

At Exit Glacier, near Seward

Girls beautify dead tree on beach at Derby Cove.

Virginia and Lindsey near cabin

Virginia the lumberjack (or is it "lumberjill"?)

Virginia hauls one of the many loads of flat stones she carried from the beach to improve the somewhat muddy path from the beach to the cabin.

Amy displays salmon.

Amy fishes at Derby Cove, with Seward in the background.

Bald eagle in tree at Derby Cove

Don and Virginia pose

David and Joseph Fisher fish.

David fishes amid gorgeous scenery.

David lands one.

Don uses timer on camera to catch himself and waterfall.

Wild beasts encountered in the woods

Scenery next to cabin

Twins care for Joey.

Virginia hauling one of many loads of wood she collected for the campfire.

Kids ride up front in water taxi on return trip to Seward.

Inside the cabin of the water taxi.

Bull moose we found in brush beside trail at a stop near Anchorage on our way back to Fairbanks. It is debatable who was the more surprised.