Gary Sandlin has worked as a geologist in the oil industry for more than 50 years. Raised on a farm in Graham County, Kan., he began working in the oil fields of western Kansas after graduating from high school in 1951 and continued working on drilling rigs during summers through 1955, when he earned his bachelor’s degree in geology from K-State.
Upon graduating from K-State, he worked for Dowell Inc. as a junior service engineer until 1956, when he returned to K-State as a graduate student. After earning his master’s degree in geology in 1957, Sandlin worked as a geologist with Pubco Petroleum in Casper, Wyo. He then transferred to Albuquerque, N.M., in 1959 to work as a district geologist in the Mid-Continent and Denver Basin regions.
In 1961, he was transferred to Denver, Colo., where he worked in the same capacity until 1965, when he began his career as an independent geologist. In 1977, Sandlin incorporated Sandlin Oil Corporation, which he still owns and operates. Sandlin and his wife, Kathie, live in Longmont, Colo.