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John Mallon

John MallonKansas Historical Foundation
Board of Directors
Elected 2011

Born: July 29, 1951 – Died: October 16, 2017

Born in July 29, 1951, in Kansas, John Mallon attended Emporia schools. He began delivering morning and evening newspapers at the age of 14. He worked at an Emporia hardware store while earning his bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics from what is now Emporia State University in 1973. He married Sophie Alsop; they had two children; one grandchild, and one on the way.

In 1976 Mallon established a partnership and launched HASTCO, Inc., which grew to be among the top metal builders in the nation. He sold the company in 2005 and established Evergreen Design Build. Mallon was especially interested in renovating and restoring historic buildings in Emporia, including his work to save and restore the Emporia Granada Theatre. He collected antique cars, including a Delorean and a 1985 limousine reportedly used for royal visits to North America. He had been involved in the Boy Scouts and served on the board of the Jayhawk Boy Scout Council. He received an award for outstanding service from the Emporia Friends of the Zoo in 1970. He provided support for the William Allen White Community Partnership and Red Rocks State Historic Site. He received the Emporia Main Street’s Preservation Award in 2008. The Mallons were longtime supporters of Big Brothers Big Sisters. He was first elected to the Kansas Historical Foundation Board of Directors in 2011 where he continued to serve until his death following a long illness in Phoenix, Arizona, on October 16, 2017.