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Deacon John Bio

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I  was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during the summer of 1954. By age 3, my parents relocated to San Diego then later, to Las Vegas where I grew up.

My mom was an organist and my dad was a guitarist who loved the music of Harry James and Al Hert. So, mainly because the trumpet was too heavy for me to hold up, at age 6, I began taking lessons on the cornet. At age 14, I began playing guitar and  when my family moved back to Philadelphia, I studies Spanish Classical Guitar.

While living on the east coast, I dabbled at being a college student, but mostly played music in coffee houses and local bars until I was 21 when I left home and returned to Las Vegas. I became a casino dice dealer and spent the next 21 years working in various capacities that ranged from dealer to shift manager.

Somewhere around 1982, I decided that Las Vegas was not going to be a good place to raise children and, in that I had a daughter and two sons to raise, I moved to Bullhead City. Having lived in two large cities, I thought a small town might offer better potential and safety for my children. We soon became very active at St. Margaret Mary's and the children thrived on the stability this parish offered.

At age 35, I thought I'd like to try a career change and signed up for some courses at Mohave Community College. While there, I earned an associates degree in Accounting but, more important than that, I began teaching a course in classical guitar. In that I enjoyed teaching, I transfered my credits to Prescott College and earned a B.A. in Elementary Education.

Soon after graduation, I accepted a position at William Bennett Elementary School in Laughlin while also teaching math two nights each week at Mohave Community College. In 1999, I began the formation process to become a deacon with a group of 35 men from St. Margaret Mary's. This included classes that were held every Tuesday night in Lake Havasu and frequent trips to Phoenix for workshops and training.

During that time, I accepted a position as choir director at St. Margaret Mary's, went on to earn a master degree in education, and God blessed my wife and I with three more sons. 

In 2002, I moved from William Bennett Elem. to Laughlin High School because I heard they wanted someone to start a guitar program. In 2004, I was ordained a deacon by Bishop Olmsted and have served at this parish ever since.













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