Jeff was born and raised in Eastern Oregon in a tiny town named Drewsey. He grew up on the family farm, the Sitz Family Cattle Ranch, which was established in 1906. He is the youngest of 3 kids with 2 older sisters and had only one other classmate in grades K-8 in the little two-room school house in Drewsey. He then attended and graduated from a school of just 16 kids, Crane Union High School, which at the time, was the only Public Boarding High School in the United States, (think going to college at age 13 and living in a dorm, etc.). He then moved onto Oregon State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Engineering Management with John Riney in 1998. He loves the outdoors, hunting, scuba diving, snow sports and spending quality time with family and children Kenley, Lucas, Aubrey and Clayton.