Rocky Armfield, risk manager for the county of Los Angeles, says his biggest professional regret is that he never had a gray-bearded mentor to show him the way in his profession. That's been a theme for his entire life. The grandfather of one and father of two adult daughters says he never really knew his father. His parents divorced when he was two weeks old.
But Armfield got perhaps his most precious piece of advice from his mother, who advised him to always seek and hold the moral high ground in life.
"I don't remember too much from her, but I remember that one," Armfield says.
When he's not calculating insurance premiums for L.A. County risks, Armfield keeps his mind sharp by lining up shots of another kind. The native of Washington state likes to go big game and bird hunting with friends in the ranchland of eastern Washington state when he gets time off.
Back when he worked in risk management in Arizona, Rocky and his family also owned and rode Arabian horses. When he's ready to settle down after the hectic L.A. pace, that's where Armfield sees himself again. In retirement, Armfield says, he would like to own a piece of land with enough room to roam on horseback with his wife, daughters and any grandchildren he might be blessed with.
His favorite book? Lonesome Dove, the 1985 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by that famous Western writer Larry McMurtry.
January 1, 2008
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