W. R. Flynn is a community activist and volunteer who lives in Troutdale with his wife and two daughters. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1983 with a BA in History and earned his Masters in Education from Western Washington University in 1989.
He is now retired after a professional background in law enforcement and secondary education.
In the early 1980s he travelled throughout Eastern Europe and the USSR, and in 1985 he spent a month in Cuba working on a communal farm. He has also travelled extensively with his family spending considerable time in Singapore with numerous other trips to Malaysia, Thailand, Ireland, Japan and Hong Kong.