case 'Jesse Baker':
John Everett's career as an umpire began half a world away while he was stationed in Italy in the U.S. Army in 1958. As his assignments took him to Germany and Korea he continued umpiring and refereeing.
In 1963 he was stationed at Ft. Lewis and started working softball and baseball games on the post and later joined the Western Washington Umpires Association. He eventually became the WWUA president and a long-time board member. During his career he has worked numerous softball, basketball and volleyball games at the recreation, high school and college level in the ASA, USSSA and NSA programs. He has also worked several high school district and state fastpitch tournaments, USSSA state and world softball tournaments and has served as the Umpire-in-Chief at various tournaments over the years.
In 2000, John became the USSSA softball Umpire-in-Chief for Pierce County.
In 2010, John was inducted in the USSSA Hall of Fame. He began with USSSA Washington in 1991 and was one of the original umpires that fully supported USSSA in Washington, and along with a few others, was willing to risk losing his association with the Tacoma Umpires Association by working and supporting USSSA Washington in the area.
Retired from the Army since 1973, John has worked national and world tournaments throughout the West and has been active in recruiting and training new umpires in the state of Washington.
Born in 1935 in Hanover, NH, John grew up in Manchester, Connecticut before joining the Army and finding his way to Tacoma.Since then, John has been an integral figure in the Tacoma area softball scene and with 49 years behind the plate he shows no signs of stopping now.