John Joyce Biography
John Joyce grew up on a dairy farm south of Tempe, Arizona.
His grandparent's family homesteaded a section of land there. He was the eldest son of John Joyce Sr. who attended Notre Dame University
in South Bend, Indiana, then came home to manage the ranch. Martha Hughes Joyce was John's mother. Water always was in short supply to grow alfalfa and barley. Canals brought water from up north down some of the same canals the native American tribes used to water their crops.
A diary farm requires attention every day and John rowed borders, cleaned weeds out of irrigation ditches, helped the zanharrow lift the canal gate boards,
flood irrigated, stacked hay, branded, doctored and fed the cows.
John's grandfather Tom Hughes served on the Salt River Water District Board of
Directors for many years and helped US Senator Carl Hayden push the Central
Arizona Project through to bring water from the Colorado River into Valley Of The Sun, Phoenix and Tucson. With that water both cities blossomed.
In school John earned two master degrees, philosophy and communications arts. One of his theses was about one of mankind's oldest laws.The water usage law, First-In-Time-First-In-Right.
John traveled extensively in China, Africa and Europe before he met his wife Mary Gayle Robins in Florence,Italy, when they were students in Europe. She hails from Butte, Montana. Her family owned a welding and hard servicing business in Butte, where copper mining sustained the community. They took out a marriage license in Silver Bow County, Montana, and were married in 1969 at St. Timothy's Chapel on Georgetown Lake, Montana.
That same year they moved to California and founded Joyce Media Inc..
The company made television commercials, training films, published
textbooks and now has grown to produce six weekly community publications.
In 1976 they bought their present home on 5 acres in Acton, California, where they raised their eight children who attended local schools. Their sons played on 5 CIF Championship football teams.
In 1982 John and Gayle started the ACTON AGUA DULCE NEWS. A local community newspaper. In 1986 they began the LAKE LOS ANGELES NEWS and in 1988 the ROSAMOND NEWS. All three newspapers qualified in superior court to became adjudicated to publish public legal notices in both Los Angeles County and Kern County.
John coached Sierra Little League Baseball for many years in Acton, published THE SPIRIT football magazine for seven years at Paraclete High School in Quartz Hill, served as Palmdale Rotary Club president and officer for many humanitarian
trips to bring food and clothing to the Papago Reservation in Arizona and
cooperated with Nogales Sonora Rotary Club on many international help
projects in Mexico.
Over the years John attended AVEK meetings and wrote articles about water coming down the California Aqueduct into the Antelope Valley. His most recent articles include water banking, chloramines, land swaps with renewable energy companies and menu water prices for retailers.
In 2011 the California Newspaper Publisher's Association awarded ROSAMOND NEWS and ACTON AGUA DULCE NEWS Best-In-The-State Awards for Online Breaking News, Best Page Layout & Design, Best Video and Best Lifestyle Coverage. All three Joyce newspapers now are both online
and published in print.
In 2012 some of AVEK's mutual water company customers on the Eastside
asked John if he would fill the director's chair for Division 7 of Antelope Valley East Kern Water Agency. The mutuals said they weren't looking for any political favors. They just wanted a knowledgeable person who would hold an open hearing on issues and vote his conscience. John said he could do that.