John David Minick passed away October 8, 2015. He was born October 31, 1943 in Dallas, Texas to Christopher and Mary Minick. John grew up in Grand Prairie, Texas and graduated from Grand Prairie High School in 1961. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Business from the University of Texas at Arlington. He married the love of his life Jane Miller on January 28, 1966 at Faith Lutheran Church in Grand Prairie, Texas. He was a long-time member of Faith Lutheran Church, serving in various leadership positions.
John was a master electrician, worked for the City of Grand Prairie as the Chief Electrical Inspector for many years before becoming a Field Representative for the National Electrical Manufacturer's Association in Washington D.C. for the past 18 years. He was chairman of Code Making Panel 1 for the National Electrical Code for NFPA for 1999, 2002, and 2005. He was a nationally recognized National Electrical Code expert. He was a member of IAEI, NFPA, ICC, North Central Texas Council of Gov'ts, and the IAEI Gold Roadrunner's Club. He received many awards and recognitions, including the Howieson Award and the George Flach Lifetime Service Award. He retired in 2012.
He enjoyed history, fishing and watching old western movies. His true passion was his family. He loved spending time with his grandchildren. He attended most of their sports events and was always sending them small care packages and notes of love and encouragement. John was a very hard working man, building a life and career based on integrity, ethics and faith. John was humble, loyal and caring. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was dedicated to his family and his work. John is preceded in death by his mother Mary Townsend Minick and father Christopher Minick. He is survived by his wife Jane Minick; children: Mark Minick and his wife Kim, Ashley Minick; grandchildren: Jake Minick, Lauren Minick; sister Irene Tower and 3 nieces.
The electrical industry is mourning the death of former NEMA Field Representative John Minick who passed away on October 8, 2015. He was 72 years-old. John was a nationally recognized electrical code expert and a consummate advocate of the electrical industry. Many generations of electrical professionals have been guided and mentored by John’s immense knowledge of the electrical code and electrical code history.
My relationship with John was series of remarkable coincidences. The first seminar I attended as a member of the IAEI was a code workshop instructed by John Minick and Mark Ode. What an amazing experience. Not only was John’s total recall of the NEC incredibly impressive, but his ability to explain the code in a manner both technical and understandable made learning from John effortless. John knew everyone in attendance on a first name basis and once he met you for the first time, he never forgot who you were, who you worked for, and where you first met. It was this personal touch that endeared him to so many in the electrical industry. As I sat there in class, I clearly remember thinking that I wanted to be like these guys one day. I wanted to know the code and be able to present the code at this level of expertise. I was deeply inspired.
Several years after this first meeting, I had the opportunity to attend my first IAEI Southern Section Meeting. It was during this event where the second coincidence occurred. On the night of the banquet, John was inducted into the prestigious IAEI Golden Roadrunners Club. I felt so fortunate to be in attendance to witness this great moment in John’s career. Experiencing this event reaffirmed my commitment to the electrical industry and my desire to be an educator and advocate.
On May 19th 2014, I found myself on the 9th floor of Arlington Tower in Rosslyn, Virginia beginning my first day as the new NEMA Southern Region Field Representative. I could hardly believe it. It was a dream come true. It has been an honor and privilege for me to continue the legacy established by John Minick and the other NEMA Field Representatives. Everywhere I go and every event I attend, at least one person shares with me a John Minick story. They are usually funny or emotional, and clearly had an impact on the person telling me the story. What a gift.
I believe we have all been inspired by John and will continue to be inspired by the knowledge and education he has left us with.
Rest in peace John Minick. You will be missed but never forgotten.