Mr. Pickens, raised in Montana, spent his youth as a working cowboy. He married Elaine Pickens in 1983 and lives in Prescott, Arizona. He has been active with Toastmasters and the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Pickens also enjoys jogging (he completed the 1980 Fiesta Bowl Marathon in 3 hours and 45 minutes) and snow skiing with his children. Mr. Pickens has seven (7) children and twenty-one (21) grandchildren.