Living the Good Life

By Gary Cooper

August 2016

My wife and I came out here from Ohio in 1986. We struggled for a few years, and I decided to apply to Boeing when my wife was pregnant with our first daughter in 1989. Working for Boeing seemed like something I would never be qualified for.

Somehow I got hired the first time I applied. I told them if they hired me I would retire from there. Now it is 27 years later and I am well on my way to retiring from this life-changing job.

I started in Plant 2 in Seattle, as a grade 1 machinist helper, and moved to Auburn and worked as a hand finisher and a few other jobs. I became a crane operator when they found out I could run a crane and spent the next 10 years or so doing that at the Frederickson plant in Skin and Spar.

This job enabled my wife to stay home with my daughters when they were young, and enabled me to let her stop working when she had health problems that were interfering with her job.

I can't imagine a better life than I have had working for this awesome company, and I am very grateful for the experience and the chance to take such good care of my family. We have been very fortunate thanks to The Boeing Company.

My wife, Melissa, and I.

Courtesy of Gary Cooper