John was born in Tacoma while his father was serving in the army. A few months later, the family moved back to Southern California. John lived in Bell, San Dimas, Montclair, Monterey Park, Anaheim, and Orange, all in California, and Parker, Arizona.
John graduated from Katella High School in Anaheim. He attended Fullerton College where he earned an Associate of Arts degree in physics. Then he attended University of California, Irvine for two years and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree also in physics.
John moved to Eugene, Oregon and attended two years of graduate courses in physics at the University of Oregon.
In June 1978 John married Shirley Ann Temple of Eugene. They were divorced in 1979.
Prof. David K. McDaniels became his thesis advisor and moved him to Los Alamos, New Mexico where he began experimental medium energy nuclear physics research at the Los Alamos Meson Physics Facility (LAMPF) He was also supported and advised by Prof. Wayne Swenson of Oregon State University.
John completed his thesis on "A Kinematically Complete Measurement of Proton Knockout by 220-MeV Pions on C-12" and graduated in December 1984 with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in physics.
In 1984 he married Valerie Rose Adams of Los Alamos, where they lived for the next several decades.
In 1984 he began a post-doctoral position with New Mexico State University under Prof. George Burleson.
John joined the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in 1988 as a computer system manager for the LAMPF Data Analysis Center. In 1993, he moved over to the controls system team where he helped maintain and develop software for the thousands of devices used to operate the accelerator.
LAMPF was soon renamed the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE). In 2006, John became the Controls Software Team Leader and stayed in that position until his retirement.
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