NaVon was born in a small farm town in Iowa. He lived there for the first eighteen years of his life, completing his elementary through high school education there in his home town. He was active in music from an early age, a love that remains to this day…as if we didn’t already know that! He participated in both school choral and band ensembles in those years not to mention demonstrating his athletic prowess both on the gridiron and as a wrestler. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army.
His Army career spanned most of the next twenty one years, and included a variety of U.S. and foreign assignments and promotions. By the time he retired, NaVon had achieved the rank of Chief Warrant Officer.
His principal work was in the area of systems engineering and technical support. Now a civilian, he continues in a similar line of work as a contractor at Joint Base Lewis-McChord for the Department of Defense.
Not quite half-way through his military career, NaVon began college studies as he could fit them in. Although the University of Phoenix has a large on-line enrollment, he was able to do all of his studies with UoP in actual classrooms, wherever he found himself…finally finishing in 2006 at their Renton branch with a MBA in Technology Management.
NaVon and Maureen, his wife reside in Tacoma. He has two grown children and two grandchildren.
In 2006, NaVon and Maureen (who also loves music) attended a barbershop show put on by the Tacoma Chapter. Featured on the show were both “The Most Happy Fellows” and “The South Sounders”. In NaVon’s words: “They were a blast.” Equally impressed with the art form, Maureen surreptitiously submitted NaVon’s name in the contact box on the way out.
Later that week, Roger Mousiman of the Totemaires called him: “So, I hear you want to sing?” or words to that effect. Though NaVon had no idea what Roger was talking about, he agreed to give it a shot. The rest is history.
In the intervening time, NaVon has sung in several just-for-fun quartets to include "The Guys" with Glenn Barnhart, Jerry McCarthy, and Bill Thurman; also in the Tacoma Chapter with Bob Collins, Dick Latimer and Walt Paulsen; then competed with Don Rose, Bill Dergan, and Murray Urquhart in a quartet named “Rude Awakenings” at division contest in 2011; after that sang lead in the 2014 Division II quartet "Four In the Sound" with Len Wermes, Don Rose, and Ron Mahan; currently NaVon is back on bass in the 2015 Division II quartet "Vocal Motion" with Bill Dergan, Frank Bell, and Phil Bergh.
In 2010, Bill Thurman introduced NaVon to the sing! Sing! SING! program at Northwest Sound. He attended and passed his audition, just after the Holiday Show that year. He quickly became a frequent volunteer for various jobs in the chapter, most recently as show co-chairman for our two shows in 2013. In January 2014 he took on the most ambitious of his volunteer jobs: presidency of Northwest Sound Men’s Chorus.