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Alaskan trucker after 55 years: Passion is a must

Alaska Dispatch

Anchorage trucker Jim Doyle has spent 55 year hauling loads on Alaskan roads. And, according to the Peninsula Clarion and The Associated Press (via The Trucker.com), the owner of Doyle Fuel Services and Weaver Bros. Inc, never really thought about what he'd be doing in the future when he first set up shop in Alaska.

Doyle told the Clarion's Brian Smith:

"I was more interested in today. I didn't have no goals set for what it is now. I never dreamed, I never thought of it. I knew that I liked trucks and I always told people that I figured I was the luckiest person in the world because the two things I love most is trucks and people."

Doyle first moved to Alaska from Montana in 1957, arriving with about $300 in his pocket. "At that time it wasn't much money, but on the other hand, in them days it was quite a bit of money," he said. "I don't remember what I left Montana with, but I would guess $500 or $600 maybe."

A blown tire near Moose Pass helped Doyle meet Ed Estes, who offered him a job driving trucks.

"There were no regulations then," Doyle said. "At that time the only thing that I could remember that we had to do ... was change and get an Alaska license within 30 days."

His first job was hauling between Moose Pass and Kenai, and he later switched to local fuel deliveries, which plenty of times featured visits with customers over coffee and donuts.

Doyle's advice to trucking enthusiasts?

"Don't spend your whole life working at something that you don't like. An example — a guy comes in and wants a job and we give him a job but he don't like truck driving. So he spends 10 or 15 or 20 years driving truck and he doesn't like it. So he's miserable himself and he is miserable to the people around him. If you don't like what you are doing, then find what you like and go do it."

For more on Jim Dolyle, visit The Trucker.com, here.