By Bunny Hill
Great Basin Service Club
The Great Basin Service Club is thrilled to announce John (Johnny) Demos the 2015 4th of July Parade Grant Marshall. John reflects the theme, “White Pine County the Melting Pot of Nevada” in his life story. John is known as the “Greek” from McGill. He has lived his entire life in White Pine County except for the years he was serving his country in the Army.
John was the 9th of 10 children, born on September 18, 1928 to Steve and Diana Demos. John was two years old when his mother passed away. With his older siblings already gone from the home he and his brother Jerry were taken in by Greek families in McGill. John was raised by Tony and Irene Poulos, Jerry was raised by the Panavula Collis family. Jerry took the name of Collis and became one of the most famous athletes ever to come from White Pine County. John a great athlete in his own right, nick named “Iron Man”, held on to the name of Demos.
After graduating high school in 1947 John entered the U. S. Army. At the conclusion of his military duties John returned to White Pine County. He worked at Nevada Northern and Kennecott for a while. During this time he met a beautiful girl, Aileen Bybee, and they were married. This union produced four daughters, Diana, Sherry, Joni Marie and Stephanie.
John worked in the Ely Post Office for a few years but with a growing family and low wages he went looking for other employment. He found work in the local automobile industry and worked many years as a Parts Manager until he began what resulted in a long and prosperous career as a salesman. John gracefully exited his career in 1991 after working many years for the Chachas family at Junction Motors in Ely. If you bought a General Motors vehicle in the 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s you bought it from John.
It is John’s generosity and outgoing personality that has endeared him to the citizens of White Pine County. John will be 87 years young this September. Everywhere he goes he’s asked “how do you stay so young?” His reply is usually, “good friends and a good drink!” The response is almost always the same, “whatever he’s drinking, give me a double!”