After his mission he completed his education at the University of Utah, where he received the following degrees: B.S. Meteorology, B.A. Mathematics, M.S. Meteorology, and M.S. Computer Science. His career has included software engineering at Patil Systems, the forerunner of today’s Cirrus Logic Corporation, Evans & Sutherland, Novell, Northrop Grumman Harris Corporation, and now at NantHealth a provider of precision medical technology, where genetics guides the selection of the best approach to fight an individual's cancer.
His church service has included Ward Executive Secretary to three different Bishops, Elders Quorum President, High Priest Group Leader, Stake High Councilman, Counselor in the Stake Mission presidency, stake family history consultant and gospel doctrine teacher. He and his wife Sherry served in the Salt Lake Inner City Project as service missionaries (2009-2011). He presently serves as Stake Historian, High Priest Group Instructor and Sunday School president, where he shares ideas on gospel instruction with other teachers in his ward.
Having been trained in the technical skills of mathematics, weather prediction, and computer science, he never expected to author historical books. In April 2005, however, he became convinced that the history of the translation of the Book of Mormon into the Thai language was such a magnificent story that it had to be preserved. That led to his first book “Translating Scripture: The Thai Book of Mormon.” After one of his Thai companions, Mani Seangsuwan, returned from his first senior mission in Thailand, Reed wrote his personal story in “Monk to Missionary.” His latest effort, “The Light Breaks on Southeast Asia” is by far his most challenging book to date. He still does not fully understand his motivation for writing these books, but believes there is real value in documenting how the Lord has blessed those who strive to build up His kingdom on the earth.
Reed and his wife Sherry W. Haslam are the parents of four exceptional children: Robert, Jared, and Michael and Angela (twins). They have ten grand-children (5 boys and 5 girls).