Remembering Our Good Friend
John H. Marino of Peaster, Texas.
October 16, 1934 - March 18, 2019 Age: 84
John was clearly an icon in the Farrier Industry among Farriers and product manufacturers.
Our first personal meeting was in 1989 when we visited Elmer Seybold at his Ranch and School in Mineral Wells, Texas. We were there with Casey & Bucky Hatfield to discuss the BWFA which formed the BWFA Master Educator Division. Our friendships were formed that day.
We returned to Texas for clinics in the future, John attended our clinics and conventions as a clinician, vendor and owner of JHM Manufacturing. John was a behind the scenes advisor and friend to the BWFA Board.
Here’s a story about John Marino, we ordered a truck load of anvils and stands from JHM. John told me over the phone, “This 100lb Certifier will be the last one that I personally polish here in Texas!” It was such an honor that we didn’t want to use and abuse it, so we kept it on display.
Due to his generous nature of helping others at clinics and younger Farrier students we were more than proud to vote him into the BWFA Farriers Hall of Fame in 2004. We proudly placed his photo over the JHM anvil & stand. Upon the acceptance day, he grinned from ear to ear to see it on display. It was a proud moment for all of us.
As his knees got worse, we would drive him around the property. Everyone wanted to have photos taken with him. John was humble and kind to all. We have two of his signature “American Flag Hats” he would sign. And we can’t leave out Marsha Marino! A gem of a businesswoman and friend. She helped in the convention office organizing the raffles and whatever we needed. You see, all BWFA events were organized by Volunteers and they were great Volunteers! Those were fun and friendly times!
We prepared a slideshow of his photos on his BWFA Hall of Fame page for Marsha, family and friends as a permanent remembrance of a Sweetheart of a Man, John H. Marino of Peaster, Texas.