Parker County Today April 2018 - Page 78

in the FBI, but I knew it also gave me many other career options, like being a prosecutor. I also always thought being a prosecutor would be a dream job because I had watched several trials and I just knew that was what I wanted to do and how I wanted to spend my time everyday-telling juries stories about people, what they did, and showing them how the evidence connects to prove that something happened. PCT: What is your favorite novel? NR: Blood Will Tell: A True Story of Deadly Lust in New Orleans by Joe Bosco. PCT: What do you do to decompress? NR: Binge watch “Breaking Bad.” PCT: What is something people don’t know about you? NR: George W. H. Bush kissed me on the forehead and I am the kick boxing champion of Oklahoma in 1992.   PCT: What would you most like to be remembered for? NR: Being kind, and one hell of an attorney. 76 PCT: If you could have lunch with any one, either living or dead from history, who would it be? NR: My father, Gary Grote. PCT: If you had to do another job than what you’re doing, what would you do? NR: Purchasing for a major retail home design store PCT: What is your impact to Parker County? NR: I had a waitress at a local restau- rant come up to me two weeks ago at the end of my meal and she said, “You are a prosecutor aren’t you?” I said yes. She said, “You sent me to prison” in an emotionless tone. Without remembering her or know- ing what she went down for, I said, “Well, I hope it was the best thing that has ever happened to you and helped you get your life straight.” She said, “It did. It was rough, but I am doing better now.” Not everyone I prosecuted in Parker County will be able to see it that way, but one at a time. I have also been blessed by meeting and getting to know many many victims, some who still stop by to say hello or send me funny cards in the mail. One of those victims is currently dying of cancer. I feel very lucky to have been able to bring her justice (on a cold case, about seven years after the crimes occurred) before she passes.  This tiny baby boy grew up asking the wildest questions, making the funniest observations, developed into an adult and all the while, the daily process was easy to over look. In hindsight, it was the most amazing experience because that little boy that refused to swim with a bath- ing suit on (like his grandpa) grew into the wonderful, well-adjusted, rational, bright and kind-hearted man he is today. The process of raising a child with all of its quirks and challenges has been the most interesting thing I have ever done in my life because the end result was a better outcome than I ever dreamed. Robert DuBoise Robert is the Assistant District Attorney in Palo Pinto County, Texas and former Assistant District Attorney in Parker County. PCT: What is your definition of the best day ever? NR: When I hear the words “life sentence without parole” on a sex offender case. PCT: What’s the best piece of advice you would give? NR: Do what you love for a living. Be who you are, unapologetically. Embrace your uniqueness and share your talents with the world. Embrace the “human experience”- that is the ups and downs and all the things we as human beings will experience- emotionally, physically, mentally; the tragedies, the triumphs; things with friends, family, our home, and our own souls. A dog’s life is a dog’s life. A human’s life is just that. Know that as humans we will have bad times that we can and will get through, either alone, with God, or with family or friends. Embrace the hand of cards life deals you and make the best of it. PCT: What is the most interesting thing you have ever done in your life? NR: Watching my son, Tucker Morton, grow from a tiny 6.7 lb. baby through all the stages of his life. PCT: How did you get into your occupation? RD: I previously lived in San Jacinto County, Texas, and commuted to Houston every day where I had my own law firm practicing civil law. I got to know the District Attorney for San Jacinto County through church activities and formed a friendship with him. Several years later my parents here in Parker County had a chance conversation with a worker at Costco who told her that the Parker County District Attorney was look- ing for an assistant district attorney. I applied and have been in this area ever since. PCT: What is your favorite novel? RD: The Hunt for Red October. It appealed to the geek in me and