Jon was born in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, but has called Florida home since he was eight weeks old. As an “army brat,” he lived in many different places, graduating from high school in Virginia Beach, Virginia in 1962. He returned to Florida to attend the University of Florida, where he earned his BA and JD degrees. He earned his commission through the ROTC program and entered active duty in the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps in 1969. He served almost 29 years, including assignments in Vietnam, Germany, Korea, and various posts in the United States. He served as Staff Judge Advocate at Fort Riley, Kansas and Fort Huachuca, Arizona. His final assignment was Senior Judge, US Army Court of Criminal Appeals.
Jon retired as a Colonel in 1998 and returned to Sarasota, where he entered the private practice of law with his father, Marvene, also a retired Army Judge Advocate and member of MOAS. Although semi-retired, Jon still maintains an office in Sarasota. Jon has served the MOAS as its Treasurer, First Vice President, and twice as its President. He worked with Tony Newton in 1998 and 1999 to create the Sarasota Military Officers Scholarship Fund, Inc., now the Sarasota Military Officers Foundation, Inc.
He served the Florida Council of Chapters of MOAA as the Southwest Area Vice President from 2004 to 2006, and has served as the Council’s Secretary since 2009. Jon is an active member of St. Boniface Episcopal Church, serving as a Vestry member for seven years and as Treasurer from 2014 until 2020. Jon is married to the former Mary Stedman of Arlington, Virginia; they have three adult children and four grandchildren,