John taught school in Buckholts, Central Texas, for three years before deciding there must be a better way to starve to death. He went back to Texas A&M for a Masters Degree obtained in 1970.
By chance he learned of interviews for Assistant County Extension Agent positions and was hired to go to Denton County in North Texas. He served there three years, moved to Decatur, in Wise County, serving there fourteen years and retired after fourteen years in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, in 2001. In addition to being a job he loved, Extension allowed time to hone cowboy skills after work, on weekends and vacations.
Although he rodeoed on weekends throughout his career, retirement opened new opportunities for John. He had participated in Senior Pro rodeos when they came to Texas, so deciding to follow the childhood dream of rodeoing full time in pursuit of a world championship was an easy decision. He began the 2001 rodeo season at Longmont, CO and participated in the remaining rodeos and SNFR that year.
The 2002 season began with John following F.W. Lynch to the April rodeos in Nevada. When F.W. went home in June, he traveled with Doug Hough and later in the year with Carol Stevenson and Arlyn Simms. Guidance from these seasoned pros resulted in John realizing his dream of winning a world championship in tie down roping. And, as a bonus, he and Carol won the ribbon roping championship.
Since then he has been blessed with six additional tie down championships, another ribbon roping championship and year end titles in tie down, ribbon roping and team roping in the Canadian Senior Pro Rodeo Association. John is quick to give credit to God for being blessed with some good horses...Doc, Fish, Paint, Fred and Smarty, and safe travel.