Licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer
John began his 47 year funeral service career in 1973 in his hometown of Wichita Falls, Texas. Licensed as a Funeral Director and Embalmer in 1976, John was associated with mostly large, corporately owned funeral homes. By 1980, his rise in management began, serving in a management capacity in Texas’ largest funeral homes in Dallas, was a Managing Partner of the largest funeral home in Santa Fe, NM, before returning to Austin as Sr. VP of a funeral home, fleet service and professional Care Center for five locations, and finally to Houston where he served as President of one of the nations most prestigious funeral homes.
John was licensed in New Mexico and Oklahoma in addition to Texas.
John is a Past Worshipful Master of his Masonic Lodge, President of his Scottish Rite Class, member of the York Rite, Eastern Star and Director General of the Bedouin Shrine Temple, where he crossed over the Hot Sands. He is a past president of the Rotary Club of Santa Fe, NM; twice chairman of the Santa Fe Immunization Coalition; Chair of the National Christmas Tree Ornament Project, former board member of the Texas Immunization Partnership; Baylor College of Medicine Partnership; Trustee of the Houston Grand Opera; Governing Director of the Houston Symphony; Member of the Huffington Center on Aging Advisory Board, Board member of Legacy of Giving, Austin, TX; former Membership Chair of the Austin, TX Rotary Club and former member of the Rotary Club of Houston and Kerrville Rotary Clubs; Eagle Scout, God & Country Award recipient and Order of the Arrow Brotherhood of Honor Campers.
In 2006, John was ordained an Episcopal Priest in Santa Fe where he served a local parish and after obtaining Holy Orders in the Anglican Communion, has served, with the exception of three years, as the Rector of St. Michael and All Angels Anglican Church in Kerrville since 2010, moving here in 2018 to be a full time priest. Since being in Kerrville, John was glad to meet Johnny Grimes through the Rotary Club of Kerrville and has been very pleased to assist the families that choose Grimes Funeral Chapels since October of 2018. He is grateful to Mr. Grimes for this opportunity to serve others.
Meeting John it is obvious that his hobby is eating…especially Texas BBQ. There is no distance too far for John to drive and get the best Texas has to offer.