SULPHUR, Okla. (KTEN) — Forty years after joining the National Park Service, Chickasaw National Recreation Area Superintendent Bill Wright is hanging up his hat.

"If you really want to do something, it doesn't matter what it is... if it's this or something else," Wright said. "You've got to have some perseverance."

After starting his career as a fee collector in 1982 while attending Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Wright's work took him to the Florida Everglades, Great Smoky Mountains, and the Grand Canyon before returning home to Texoma.

"Coming back here was a great, great opportunity for me on a number of levels... personally and professionally," he said. "We had everything come together really well in that period of time."

The National Park Service mainstay hopes that as he departs, his work reminds people of the importance of these landmarks.

"My hope is people never lose sight of this park is not being here for the folks that are here now... it's here for the folks that aren't here yet. That would be the greatest legacy," he said.

Wright will have a retirement reception next Monday in downtown Sulphur ahead of his final day on the job, December 30.

Chickasaw National Recreation Center Superintendent Bill Wright.