Dr. Perkins was born in Mitchell, South Dakota. He was raised in Fremont, Nebraska and moved back to Mitchell, where he graduated from high school. He completed his pre-optometry work at South Dakota State University and earned his Doctor of Optometry degree, cum laude, from Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago in 1972. He and his wife, Pam, moved to Eugene in 1972. Dr. Perkins is past president of the Lane Optometric Society, Eugene Active 20-30 Club, Oregon Vision Service Plan, Emerald Executive Association, and Oregon Optometric Physicians Association. Dr. Perkins volunteers as an optometrist for White Bird Medical Clinic. He and Pam enjoy golf, fishing, travel and going to the movies.