Student, Boise State College, 1962—1964. Bachelor of Science, Weber State College, 1967. Master of Arts, Colorado State University, 1969.
Teacher Siuslaw High School, Florence, Oregon, 1971—1976. Insurance agent Isham & Sprague Insurance, Lincoln City, 1977—1985. Member Oregon State Senate, 1977—1985, majority leader, 1980—1983.
Manager Devils Lake Water Improvement District, 1985—1991. Executive administrator Oregon Dental Hygienists Association, 1991—1993. President Dell Isham & Associates, Inc., since 1985.
With United States Army, 1969-1971.
President Oregon Tourism Alliance, 1988—1990. Delegate Democratic National Convention, 1980. Member Oregon State Democratic Center Committee, 1974, 1976—1983.
Mayor of Lincoln City, 1987—1988. Member West Lane County Planning Commission, 1977—1978, Governor's Small Business Advisory Committee, 1985—1987. President Oregon Highway Users Conference, 1987—1992, Lincoln City Budget Committees, 1987—1990.
Member of National Federation Indiana Business, Salem Chamber of Commerce, Capitol Club.
Married Paulette Oblock, December 17, 1966 (divorced 1992). Children: Shane Gordon, Shaun Lane, Shannon Leah.