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October 20, 2017

John Crum

Two local men were inducted into the Aztec High School's Hall of Honor during the homecoming game on Sept. 26.

John A. Crum graduated from Aztec High School in 1970. While attending high school, he was active in many school functions including Future Teachers of America, Debate Club, and some junior and senior class plays. He was selected for the National Honor Society and represented Aztec at Boys' State for Leadership. John is the son of former longtime Aztec residents, Fred and Lois Crum.

After leaving Aztec High School, he received a BS Degree in Petroleum Engineering from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (Tech). While at Tech, he was the Commissioner of Intramural Sports and a lab instructor in Petroleum Engineering. He also served as student representative on the Presidential Selection Committee.

After graduating from Tech in 1975, John married Vicki and joined Conoco, working on Gulf of Mexico projects. Over the next 40 years, he worked all over the world with a variety of companies, including 16 years with Apache Corporation where he led company subsidiaries in Australia, the United Kingdom, and Canada before becoming President of North America for Apache. John then joined privately held Midstates Petroleum Company as President and CEO and subsequently led the public offering and listing on the NYSE. He retired in 2014.

John remains active by serving on the boards of several industry companies and the American Heart Association. He and Vicki also stay busy supporting and raising funds for their favorite charities. Their three grown children and his mother, Lois, all live nearby in the Houston area, allowing them to see family regularly.

John has traveled a long way with his worldwide career in the oil and gas business since leaving Aztec, and he has enjoyed all of it. John truly believes life can be what you want it to be, if you only strive for your goals, no matter where you come from.

Dan R. Ford graduated from Aztec High School in 1966. He was the captain of the football, basketball, and baseball teams, earning seven letter awards. He was named to the All-County Basketball Team his senior year, and he was Vice President of his senior class. He stayed very busy in many activities while in high school.

Dan attended NMMI to try his hand at college football. He graduated in 1968 with an Associates Degree. While at NMMI, he earned a letter in baseball. He then transferred to Baylor University for one year and finished his fourth year of college at Fort Lewis in Durango.

After college, and for the next 44 years, he worked in the community banking system. This career took him from Colorado to Alaska to New Mexico and back to Colorado, where he ended up in Bayfield as the Pine River Bank President and CEO. He retired from banking in 2014.

Dan Ford

Dan was always greatly involved with the communities where he lived. While in Alaska, he worked on the Iditarod Trail Committee Board of Directors as an officer and helped make it one of the most famous dogsled races in the world. While in Bayfield, he was the School Board President, and was also involved with high school sports. He promoted sports on the radio; he volunteered as a sports announcer, on and off the radio, and has announced at Aztec Tiger Football games.

He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award in 2007 by NM Activity Association, and, in 2003, the Lloyd Gaskill Award by the Colorado High School Coaches' Association. Dan is a published author of books on high school football in both Colorado and New Mexico and is widely known as a leading expert in that sport in each state. He also published a 2016 book based on Aztec Tiger Football. Dan continues to work with NMAA in verifying and authenticating records submitted for their football records.

Dan married his high school sweetheart, Cyndee (Hinman) Ford, an AHS 1967 graduate. Together, they raised three children. They both continue to be active in their church and community.


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