Wisconsin native John Dunton graduated from high school in 1965 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving on board several ships between 1965 and 1968. Upon his discharge he earned a degree in industrial engineering with the G.I. Bill and worked in manufacturing for many years before returning to college for a business administration degree in 1996. He joined the naval reserve in 1986 and was activated for 23 months after the 9/11 attacks, retiring from the reserve in 2004. He is a life member of the VFW and has served in the American Legion prior to moving to San Tan Valley as permanent residents with his wife in May, 2012.