John graduated from Roosevelt High School in Fresno CA in 1957. In 1961 he enlisted in the US Army and served 2 years of active duty. He then returned to Fresno where he worked for Coopers Department Store and Fresno Camera Exchange while attending Fresno City College. In 1964 he joined the US Army Reserves as a full time employee. He worked in the Motor Pool and worked himself up to Chief Warrant Officer. He was medically discharged in 1987. John had a keen ear for gasoline engines and by just listening, he could tell what was wrong with the engine.
John was a member of Las Palmas Masonic Lodge No. 366 in Fresno, CA and served as its Master in 1977.
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