John graduated from Oceanside High School in 1954 where he played both Basketball and Football. He officiated with the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials from 1961-1972, serving as President in 1961. John was a member and leader of the San Diego County Football Officials Association from 1963 – 1990, where he officiated at all levels from Youth to NCAA. John was an exceptional Referee/Crew Chief. He was noted for working afternoon High School Varsity Games with George Schutte wherein they worked to develop future outstanding Officials and leaders of the SDCFOA.
John was the recipient of the 2002 George A. Schutte Memorial Award, the SDCFOA’s most prestigious award.