Truck Driver Clocks 55 Years on Hazardous Alaskan Roads

Truck Driver Jim Doyle Takes Pride in his Job
Truck driver Jim Doyle and his 1968 Kenworth semi tractor.

Whenever Jim Doyle interviews someone to work for his businesses — either Doyle’s Fuel Service or Weaver Brothers, Inc. — he said he always makes sure of one thing.

After 55 years as a trucker and 50 years as a business owner, the 75-year-old Doyle said he’s learned it is critical that trucking be not just a job, but a passion as well.

“Don’t spend your whole life working at something that you don’t like,” he said. “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.”

As a young boy on his family’s ranch in Whitehall, Mont., Doyle knew quickly what he wanted to do and it had nothing to do with the ranch.

“I can remember trucks going down the highway and, why, I’d have to stop what I was doing and look at them,” he said. “I just didn’t care for the ranching.”

Read more about truck driver Jim Doyle at The Trucker online.