Tea party organizer Clint Air moved to the High Desert when he was 12. He attended Apple Valley Junior High and graduated from Apple Valley High in 1991. In high school, he met some very good friends who still remain close today.
After graduation, Air moved to Huntington Beach and went to work for his grandfather’s company and eventually moved back to Apple Valley at the age of 26 to start his own business.
“I have lived in Apple Valley for over 19 years,” he said. “I absolutely love this community. I am currently the director of Feed My Sheep in Apple Valley.”
Feed My Sheep is a nonprofit that feeds over 3,200 people per month in the High Desert. Air is also co-founder of the High Desert Tea Party and founder of the Christian Tea Party AMERICANS for AMERICA.
Air and his wife Jamaica and are about to celebrate their 10-year anniversary, and they have two children: Destin Patrick and daughter Starla Faith.
“We are blessed to have many family members that live in our community.”
Q: What do you do in your free time?
A: I spend much of my free time working on Tea Party Americans for AMERICA. I love to barbecue and spend time with my kids.
Q: Who is someone who had a big influence on your life?
A: My grandfather no doubt has had a huge positive influence on my life, he passed away and is truly missed. He owned a surveying company and during summer break my cousin and I would go visit my grandparents and work all summer surveying. Other influences would include my grandmother and my mom who both possess the biggest hearts.
Q: Where do you find deep satisfaction?
A: I find the deepest satisfaction when I am watching my kids. I am so proud of Destin Patrick Air and Starla Faith Air. Also when I visit Ireland, my soul seems at home.
Q: If you could change one thing about Apple Valley today, what would it be?
A: I would change code enforcement. I believe that our small town of Apple Valley has way too many regulations and that the code enforcement book needs to be reduced by at least 50 percent. I am sure when our Founding Fathers fought for this country they sure would be disgusted with such code regulations controlling our freedoms.
Q: Tell us about a happy memory in your first car.
A: I think my happiest moment in my first car must be when I was a junior in high school and it was the big football game between Victorville and Apple Valley. My friends, Gary McWilliams, Chet Richards, Justin Carpenter, Freddy Arredondo, Matt Foreman and a few others we all parked our cars in front of the new AVHS football stadium and stayed up all night watching the stadium to make sure those VV students wouldn’t do anything to our new stadium. We did chase off a few people that night but mostly just told stories and listened to music.
Q: Who was your hero as a kid? Do you have a hero today (or someone you especially admire)?
A: Well my hero as a kid, that’s an easy one. Hands down that would be Superman. When I was about 4 or 5 I was in day care. Day care was in a two-story building and somehow I made it to the top of the roof and I had it in my mind that I was going to jump off the roof and Superman would come and save me. Luckily for me, before I jumped I was found.
As to someone I admire today, the Founding Fathers would be an easy choice. It is absolutely amazing that they put together our Constitution and Declaration of Independence. Both documents are written with such wisdom.
Q: What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve done?
A: I have done many adventurous things so far in my life. I have gone backpacking through Europe with my best friend Freddy. I have jumped out of an airplane for my other best friend Justin’s bachelor party. My friends and I bought an old motor home and went touring through Mexico for a month. My cousin Patrick and I went to Australia to find work and stayed there for about a year, but after a month down there I moved my family down under. I have jumped off bridges in Florence, Italy and worked in Bulgaria installing the first newspaper that was not run by the government. But with all that said the most adventurous thing must be without a doubt getting married to my wonderful wife, Jamaica. Being married is truly an adventure.
Q: What are five things you can’t live without?
A: Well, just after losing my cell phone I can tell you it sure seems like I can’t be without my smart phone. When I was in Australia I sure missed Dr. Pepper. When I am far from my best friends I sure miss them. Nothing is worse than when the Internet goes down. But really, my family would be the most missed entity in my life. What can I not live without? That is easy. My family.
Q: What makes you tick?
A: I love taking an idea and making it a reality. I believe if you stay your course and work hard, that you can accomplish any goal. My grandfather’s favorite quote was from Calvin Coolidge “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race”
I have made a little family slogan that my kids tell me before they go to school. “Have a Good Heart, Good Imagination and Never Give Up.”
Q: Tell us about one thing you want to accomplish in life.
A: I would like to set up small missionaries in third world countries that teach people how to grow sustainable food and teach the word about Christ.
Q: What are five things you are grateful for?
A: 1. My church in Apple Valley first, Assembly of God.
2. My wife, Jamaica, and my two awesome kids, Destin and Starla.
3. My long-time close friends and family on my side and my wife’s side.
4. I am grateful for being an American.
5. I am grateful for the life that I have lived.
Q: What are your three favorite places to eat in the High Desert?
A: 1. Maxwell’s Dinner, 17772 Wika Road. They have the best sandwich called the SKIPPY.
2. Angels Road House, 13685 John Glenn Road. They have the best ribs.
3. Chevo’s Mexican Restaurant, 21749 Highway 18. They have the best chips and salsa in the High Desert.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say, anything you’d like to get off your chest?
A: It is time we stop apologizing for being Americans. It’s time we are proud of our religious background and stand up against those who try to say it is not politically correct. Well, being PC has just about killed what made our country so great.
“Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” — John Adams
Q: How can readers get a hold of you?
A: If anyone would like to get a hold of me my email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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