Originally from the east coast, Jeff graduated with a B.A. in English and a minor in Secondary Education in 1969. He taught English for two years in Groton, Connecticut. In 1972, Jeff returned to Alaska, where he received his M.A. in Special Education (K-12) at the University of Alaska, Anchorage andf went on to serve as an Elementary SPED resource teacher for the next 30 years in the Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley school districts.
During this time, he and his brother Bill oversaw the mountaineering /outdoor education program at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Together, the Babcock brothers introduced countless students to the joys of climbing and other activities with several expeditions to Denali and its surrounding peaks, as well as extended trips to Mexico and South America. Jeff has written articles for the Anchorage Daily News and for Alaska Magazine.
He and his wife Margaret raised four children in Wasilla, who are now grown and reside elsewhere in the Lower 48. Jeff and Margaret moved to Green Valley, Arizona six years ago where they now live with Peg's 96-year old father.