As soon as you meet and talk to Jon, you know the most important things in his life are God and his family. Jon and wife, Mary, met at the young age of 12 and after years of chasing and dating and finally marriage, they have spent the past 26 years building a wonderful life. With two adult children, Sydnei and Brad, and their youngest daughter, Carmen, who is 11, together they have had a long stint at keeping kids on the sports fields and in the woods.
You see, hunting, fishing and shooting have always been a way of life for Jon, and growing up in the woods of southern West Virginia, taking game as a 6-year-old really wasn’t that extraordinary. Chasing the dream of hunting Utah, Canada and up and down the Appalachian Mountains, along with a 30-year career of underground coal mining has been a way of life for Jon. Early on, Jon enjoyed competing in the local 3D archery circuits with his two oldest children. This competitive drive combined with his love of accurate rifles led to participation in the tactical rifle matches that were springing up in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Through his years of tactical rifle competition, Jon has had the fortune to wear the logos of great companies, from a plank member of the Bushnell Tactical Team to currently enjoying the jersey of Accuracy International and Nightforce. While participating first alongside son, Brad, and currently with U.S. Optics-sponsored daughter, Sydnei, Jon looks forward to the future of the sport and the many directions in which it is growing and bringing his youngest daughter along, who shows an exceptional talent for all things shooting.
We look forward to seeing Jon contribute in the growing of our Ambassador program! Welcome XGO Ambassador, Jon Lester!!