John Ellsworth
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John Ellsworth

John’s page John Ellsworth is a native Arizonan whose great grandfather assisted Brigham Young in bringing pioneers across America from Nauvoo, Illinois to Salt Lake City. Following his work for the church, John’s great grandfather moved south to Arizona and founded the town of Show Low. Offspring went down the mountain to the Valley and farmed and raised cattle. John’s three brothers have all been involved in farming and cattle-raising but John’s attention was elsewhere. John graduated from college with a double degree in accounting and English. He then taught high school English for two years before enrolling at Saint Louis University School of Law after the US Army turned him down for Vietnam. Later, Navy JAG would turn him down for the same reasons. At the Arizona Bar Exam John scored third out of 233 candidates, received his law license, and proceeded to the courts, where he spent 30 years defending and prosecuting. In 1996 John became deathly ill as the Army had predicted, and was forced to retire from law. The State of California found him to be severely disabled and propelled him to the front of its rehab line, essentially asking what he would like to study or learn to support himself. John said he would like to study computers, thinking the job could be done from a wheelchair. Several months later, John had taken and passed four Microsoft exams to become a certified software engineer. Diploma in hand, John drove a mile to the Intel Corporation and asked for an interview. There were two: a personal interview and a tech interview. Two weeks later, John was hired and tasked with designing and building computer software capable of replicating the screens used by Intel workers in chip production screens of the enormous corporation. Soon, he was noticed for his re-designs of many of the systems and was eventually approached and told he was going on the road to troubleshoot Intel emplacements around the world. Which John did. This morphed into dealing with software languages and datatypes that normally didn’t mix. After marrying and wanting to settle in one place, John returned to law. In 2014 John retired from law and immediately set about writing a lawyer novel about a young attorney named Thaddeus Murfee. Thirty-eight books and eight years later, John still pounds the keyboard for a few hours a day and consults with various customers on tech issues that can never be discussed in public. John also worked as a pipeline welder’s helper (where he held a fire extinguisher just at the welder’s elbow and held his breath that things didn’t blow sky-high). He has also worked building highways in the State of Arizona, where his job was to survey and report. He worked as a furniture deliverer, a bus boy, and a stock boy in a college bookstore where he was allowed to borrow textbooks at night and return them the next day after devouring everything from civil engineering to surgical restoration of patients, to the poems of Whitman and Williams. Then he discovered John Updike and began writing. That was followed by a summer studying under John Irving the year The World According to Garp was published. Irving read galley proofs of his famous novel to his students, literally gathered at his feet in the college in Vermont where luck had deposited John to study. Today John lives in the San Juan Islands of Washington State.
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