John and Karen have 3 grown sons, 2
daughters-in-law and 7 granddaughters. Their greatest accomplishment was to
participate in the raising of 3 principle-centered and financially independent
Karen and John established the Live Oak Ranch in
2000. It was their desire to buy unimproved ranch land and develop a great
hunting ranch to deliver pleasantly memorable hunting experiences with fine
lodging, good food, and high scoring animals at reasonable harvest fees.
John is a licensed breeder of whitetail deer (Permit # TX1939) and is a member of the Texas Deer Association
(2006-08 President of Region 4), the Texas Wildlife Association, a Lifetime
Member of the Exotic Wildlife Association, a Board Member of the Exotic Wildlife
Association, and a
Founding Lifetime Member of the North American Whitetail Registry. In
2011, he was awarded the Charlie III and Louie Schreiner Memorial Award by the
EWA. In 2016, John was inducted into the EWA Hall of Fame. He has also served on the board of trustees and was Treasurer of the American Geological
Institute Foundation, was a member of Petroleum Producers Executive Committee of
the Gas Research Institute, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, and the
American Association of Geologists. John also served on the board of directors
of the Houston Zoological Society, on the Advisory Board of the University of
Texas Geology Foundation, an advisory council to the Bureau of Economic Geology,
and the Advisory Board of Iowa State University’s Physics and Astronomy Council.
John retired from Conoco in January, 2002 as Vice
President of Exploration and Production Technology after 28 years of service. In
2001, he was awarded Conoco's Leadership Award.
John received a B.S. from Eastern Illinois
University and a PhD from Iowa State University. He also worked for the
Advanced Research Projects Agency from 1972-74 at Oklahoma State University.
He has published papers on surface
superconductivity, and mechanical and optical properties of alkali-halides. Also, he authored or co-authored many Conoco
research reports and Advanced Research Projects Agency reports. John has also authored many
short stories on hunting adventures that have been published in magazines, books and