Happy 52nd Birthday, Todd Palin – Ron Devito
Happy 52nd Birthday to Todd Mitchell Palin who was born today, September 6 in 1964. He was Sarah Heath’s high school sweetheart and on August 29, 1988, they married. Since then, Todd has been Gov. Palin’s rock of support as she has said so many times. When she served as Alaska’s governor, Todd was known as the “First Dude.”
In May 2013, Todd regrouped with J.W. Cortes in a combat fishing tournament out of Seward to raise money for Armed Services YMCA Alaska.
In 2013 and 2014, Todd and Sarah Palin joined Greta Van Susteren, and Franklin Graham of Samaritan’s Purse. The 2014 event featured Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty, while the 2013 event featured Parnelli Jones.
Iron Dog Team #11
Todd is a four-time Iron Dog Champion and a nine-time winner. The first five places in the Iron Dog are considered winners and first place is champion. He has been racing for over 20 years, which means 13 out of the 21 or 75% of them were wins.
This year, Todd sustained 14 fractured ribs, clavicle and knee, and collapsed lung in a near-fatal snowmachine wreck during a routine run, a few weeks after the 2016 Iron Dog. He is doing well, but likely still in a lengthy recovery. His future with Iron Dog racing is an open question.
He worked on Alaska’s North Slope a week on and a week off for much of his life. Gov. Palin too traveled frequently in the course of her work, making raising the family and maintaining their marriage a challenge – one that many couples under those circumstances fail at.
Though Todd raced snow machines at speeds reaching 120 mph in pitch black darkness, or hunts moose with his .338 (Winchester?), he was never too macho to change diapers, clean the house, cook and do whatever else it took to ensure his family was cared for. When Kevin Scholla, Mama Grizzly Radio asked Todd about “wearing the mom hat” during an interview, he said,
“Kevin, there is no question. That is the toughest job in the world: be a mom, and you know, I was blessed to have opportunity to on-the-job train on the North Slope. My job was week on – week off for many, many years – close to 20 years, and when I came home, I made sure I was taking care of everything, because when I was gone, Sarah had to be the mom and the dad and take care of the house, but it provided for my family for many years, while allowing us to continue to live the Alaska lifestyle that we enjoy. You know, commercial fishing in the summer time, Iron Dog in the winter time, and kids activities throughout the years. But, being a mom is the toughest job in the world and when you get to put the mom hat on and have dad kid time, it’s pretty special.”
The staff of US for Palin wish Todd a happy 52nd birthday and many more.
Happy 52nd Birthday, Todd Palin – Lynda Armstrong
Happy 52nd Birthday, Todd Palin – Missy Stewart
Happy Birthday, Todd. I hope your day is filled with all the things you hold dear – faith, family, and friends. God bless you on your birthday and every day.