John T. Staton

Grand Commander Knights Templar of Kansas 2018-2019

I was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas to Bill and Ruth Staton on September 1, 1951. I grew up on a 40 acre place near Magazine, Arkansas and attended 12 years of school in Magazine. My sister and brother and their families as well as extended family live in the Magazine area. My wife Ruth Ann and I have been married 46 years and are proud to have 4 children and 3 grandchildren.

I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Old Testament from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas in 1974, a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Arkansas in 1980, and a Master of Business Administration from Wichita State University in 2000. In the summers and on “breaks” during my early college years, I worked as a carpenter in construction to pay expenses. I spent 29 years working at the Boeing Company in Wichita as an aircraft structural engineer.

I joined the Masonic Lodge at Derby No. 365 in 1996 and became Master in 2004. I joined the Midian Shrine and the Wichita Scottish Rite in 1996. I am in the van drivers unit in the Shrine and have made several trips to Saint Louis. I joined Derby Eastern Star #493 in 2001 and have served several times as Worthy Patron. I joined the York Rite in 2002 and have been High Priest of Wichita Chapter No. 33, Commander of Mount Olivet No. 12, and I am the current Illustrious Master of Wichita Council No. 12. I am a member of AMD 383, Knight Masons 53, York Rite College No. 125, Past Sovereign of Calvary Conclave of the Order of the Red Cross, a member of The Kansas Association of Past High Priests of Kansas, and a member of the River Jordan Tabernacle of Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests No.38.

My wife and I are members of Woodlawn United Methodist Church in Derby. We enjoy gardening, travel, doing projects around the house, and playing with the grand kids. I also enjoy hunting and fishing

The beautiful Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, MO.  Dedicated to those who served in World War 1.  Sir Knights from around the Mid-West gather here every Easter to celebrate the resurrection.