John graduated from OSU in 1970. He has served as 2nd vice president of the Western Oregon Livestock Association, president of Yamhill County Livestock, and is on the board of directors for the Oregon Cattlemen's Association. He is also involved in the Weed Control Board, serving as chairman, the FFA Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Yamhill County Fair Board. John is now manager of Star Mooring Farm, which has been directly involved with selenium and tansy research at Oregon State University. John also works with the U.S. Department of Fisheries and Wildlife on preventive trapping.