John grew up in the Culver City area of Southern California. During his college and law school years, he worked with his dad at Fox Studios where his dad was a key grip for 20th Century Fox for 40 years.
He graduated from Long Beach State College in 1964 with a B.A. in Political Science.
In 1968 he graduated from Boalt Hall Law School at Berkeley.
After graduation from Law School he practiced Law in Oakland, CA for several years as a civil litigator for a private law firm.
After traveling throughout New Zealand and Australia for a year, John moved to the Monterey area and began his long career at the District Attorney’s office in 1971. He served as a Deputy D.A. from 1971 to 1975.
In 1975 he was appointed the Assistant District Attorney in charge of the Salinas office. He served as the Assistant District Attorney until he was appointed to the Monterey Superior Court Bench in 1984. He served on the Monterey County Bench for 21 years before retiring in 2004.
He served as presiding Judge of the Monterey Superior Court in 1989, 1996, 1998-2000. While on the Bench he created the Domestic Violence Court and was the first chairman of the Domestic Violence Council. He also was responsible for the development of the Mental Health Court. He devoted many years on the Bench to the Family Law Court and was responsible for many of its current innovative services.
In 2000 he, along with other concerned citizens, founded Rancho Cielo, a successful and innovative program for at risk youth. Since his retirement in 2004, he has devoted most of his time to the continued development of Rancho Cielo, including the establishment of the Drummond Culinary Academy where students work directly with professional chefs.
John and his wife Patti live in the Prunedale area; they have three adult children; Sara, a teacher in Livermore, School, Mike a teacher at North County High School and Football Coach at Hartnell Jr. College and Ellen who is currently attending Court Reporting School in the Bay Area while working at Round Hill Golf Course. They have two grandchildren; Michael age 13 and Peyton age 7.
Founder and Past President of Rancho Cielo
Jefferson Award, 2002
Former Board of Directors, Gateway Center
Citizen of the Year award, Salinas Chamber of Commerce, 2005
Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship Award, 2006
Talcot Bates Award from CAPC, 2008
Gibson Award, 2009
Board of Director, Community Foundation