John lives in Gunnison, Colorado with his sons Roy and Heath and wife Colie (the voyage PA). He works as a merchant marine officer on the Great Lakes and has spent the last 25 years working on different class vessels around the world, including driving ice breakers with the US Coast Guard in Antarctica (which was the highlight of his career until getting to sail with SAS). John earned degrees in Communications, Theater and Recreation from Western State College before attending Officer Candidate School with the Coast Guard. He has also spent years guiding fishing trips in Southeast Alaska, and raft and snowmobile guiding. When at home he spends his time coaching youth hockey, skiing, mountain biking and fly fishing. He is a kid at heart, and is often sighted around Gunnison with a pack of children on some sort of adventure.