John L. Ballagh is a member in Lions District Colorado 6 West and Colorado at-large, and has been a Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank board member since 2013.
He received his Bachelor of Science in horticulture from California State Polytechnic University and a Master of Science in forestry from Colorado State University, Fort Collins.
John served in the US Navy from1968 through 1972 and was honorably discharged as a Lieutenant, Naval Flight Officer. Over his career, he held positions including Assistant Director, Mesa County Planning; Land Development Consultant; Project Coordinator, Grand Valley Drainage District; and Manager, Grand Valley Drainage District with responsibilities for the operation, maintenance, and improvement of agricultural and urban drainage over 100 square miles in the Grand Valley. He was instrumental in bringing Mesa County, the cities of Grand Junction and Fruita, the town of Palisade, and the Drainage District (a special district) into a new 521 Drainage Authority to deal with the EPA's unfunded non-point source regulations. He was also elected to Clifton Water Board six times where he served as a director, secretary, and president for the domestic water provider whose customer base rose from 6,200 to more than 11,000 while transitioning to a nano-filtration process treating in-stream flows of Colorado River water. In addition, he was elected to Colorado Special District Association and served from 1993 until 2010, and as President from 2003 until 2007. He maintains his Commercial Pesticide Applicator's Qualified Supervisor license through the Colorado Department of Agriculture.
John and his wife Tammy Ballagh have two sons, Jeffrey A. Ballagh and Preston D. Ballagh, and six grand children (five girls and one rascal boy). He is an avid white-water rafter and has done two Grand Canyon runs. In addition, he is a big game hunter, gardener, and cook, including stints as the Clifton Lions Chili/Spaghetti Marinara Sauce Chef. He is proud to house Grand Junction Rockies rookie league baseball players during the summer.
He has been a Clifton Lion since 1986 and held the offices of club director, secretary, treasurer, and president as well as cabinet zone, region, youth chairman, and cabinet secretary in 2013-2014. He earned the designation of Able Toastmaster from Toastmasters International and he is a qualified member of the Tailhook Association.