butchn&pennyWHO THE HECK IS CEE DUB?

Until the mid 1980’s, folks knew Cee Dub as either Butch Welch or in his official capacity as Senior Conservation Officer, C. W. Welch, with the Idaho Department of Fish & Game (IDFG). But as often happens in life, a new nickname is born for reasons unknown. In Cee Dub’s case, one of his river running buddies started the whole thing by calling him by his initials, C.W. At some point on that particular river trip his buddy’s tongue became a little thick after downing several cold beverages, and it came out as Cee Dub. (It “sthuck”!) Anyway…meet C. W. “Butch” Welch, the host of DUTCH OVEN COOKIN’ WITH CEE DUB!

Cee Dub grew up in Southeast Idaho, the second oldest child and only son of blue-collar parents, Buzz and Betty Welch. He learned at a very early age all about self-sufficiency on the small acreage his parents had just north of Chubbuck, Idaho. Besides helping in his Dad’s big vegetable garden, he fed the chickens, the pigs, the ducks and geese, bum lambs, and milked the family cow. All the kids pitched in to help put up garden produce in the summer and do the butchering in the fall. A section of their deep freeze contained the ducks, geese, pheasants, cottontail rabbits, venison, and fish that resulted from family hunting and fishing trips.

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Pen grew up on a farm near a small town in Southern Idaho. After graduating from high school, she started college. But after the second year, was married and raised a family before finally completing college in 1985 with a degree in Business Administration, Finance emphasis, from Boise State University.

Work after college was primarily that of a Securities Fraud Investigator for the Idaho Department of Finance, Securities Bureau. Duties included the discovery and investigation of potential fraudulent practices statewide in the purchase and sale of securities, and to develop cases for enforcement actions taken by the Attorney General’s Office. This was a rewarding and interesting job, partially due to the number of enjoyable co-workers…..

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