He quickly learned other aspects of the business by observing the other employees and being ready to take on the next opportunity when the door opened. He offered to cover a baking shift one night when his manager needed help. By making sure that he was ready and willing to take the next challenge, he was promoted to a full-time baker position. While increasing his skills and becoming an expert baker, his next two steps helped to shape his life. A young lady that finished donuts caught his eye. Debby would turn out to be the love of his life, confidant, and strength through the years and became his wife in 1976.