Bachelor of Science, Lewis & Clark College, 1953. Master of Arts in Teaching, Reed College, 1960. Doctor of Philosophy, Indiana University, 1969.
Teacher English secondary schools, Washington, Oregon, 1957—1961. Instructor English Yakima Valley College, Washington, 1962—1965. Assistant professor, associate professor Washington State University, Pullman, 1968—1977.
Associate professor English King Saud University, Abha, since 1982. Served with United States Army, 1953-1955, PTO.
District chairman Lewis and Clark council Boy Scouts American, Pullman, 1981—1982. President Concordia Lutheran Church, 1980—1981. Member of International Society for Folk Narrative Research, Modern Language Association, California Folklore Society, American Folklore Society, Kiwanis.
Married Linda Marie Arnold, June 10, 1961. Children: Warren Donald, Eric Daniel, Alan Bennett.