John Alexander Maynes, known to his friends as Jack, was born March 21, 1883, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was the oldest child of John Alexander Maynes II and Selina Jane Sabine.
He was blessed by W. L. Allen, June 7, 1883 and was baptized by William A. Cowen, January 5, 1892 ,and was confirmed by Joseph F. Simmons, January 7. 1892, in the 20th Ward.
He commenced school at the Lowell School and graduated at the same place. Jack then went yo the L. D. S. Business College for two years. He worked at Gray’s Clothing store for several years. Then his father bought a farm in Butlerville, Utah for his children John, Bert, Fred, Edith and Dorothy. After Bert died in 1918, the other children gave up their share in the farm and John fell heir to all the farm. He lived in Butlerville for about five years when he met and courted Louretta Despain. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple September 10, 1913, by Alvin Smith.
John was ordained an Elder July 20, 1913, by Edward C. Tucker and he was ordained a High Priest by Heber J. Burgon September 11, 1927.
In 1914, he served as a counselor in the Mutual of the Butlerville ward and in 1915, he became counselor in the Sunday School until Bishop Colbrook was released and William C. Wooton was put in Bishop. Then he was scoutmaster until N. S. Jones became Bishop. During this time he was asked to take the Van Guards and let Clement Butler have the scouts but he refused as he had spent so many years as scout master studying the work and at evening going to school so he could become a better scout master. Later he was asked to head the Stake in scouting, but his work would not permit him to do so since scouting required a great deal of time and so he could not accept this position.
He drove the egg wagon for Draper Poultry for about five years: then, he drove the school bus for Jordan School District. Later he bought a truck and took the children to school. He was also janitor for the Jordan High School for two years and during the depression he worked for the W. P. A. On many projects he worked as a time keeper. The last job he had was taking census for the U.S. Government.
In the spring he tool ill with the flue and during this time he was called upon to help clean rubbish from ths Big Cottonwood Creek. He took more cold and on July 10, 1940, he passed away at his home in Butlerville.
He left ten children - eight boys and two girls. He was very proud of all of them.