John Proctor was born and reared in San Antonio, Texas. Living in San Antonio meant that he was always close to an old and proud military tradition. San Antonio is not only the home of the Alamo but also Fort Sam Houston, which was established in 1879. Before this, Spain also established a fort here in 1718, which was called: Presidio of San Antonio de Bejar. During the war with Mexico, Robert E. Lee was first posted to San Antonio. The Apache Indian chief, Geronimo, when captured, was sent to Fort Sam Houston. Teddy Roosevelt, when organizing his roughriders, used the Alamo as his headquarters.
John Proctor grew-up in San Antonio when elementary school children made pilgrimages to the Alamo every year to honor the men who died for our freedom. John became convinced that Texas was a special place. There was no other place quite like it. Texas history under six flags was accepted without question.
Recently, however, John realized one of the most significant elements in Texas history was omitted. Why were Americans settlers invited to live in Texas when Texas was claimed by Spain and later Mexico? If Texas were a Spanish province, it would seem that it would have been colonized by Spain. Nevertheless, Americans were invited to come to Texas if they fulfilled two requirements: become Spanish citizens and accept the Catholic faith. The answer to the question was readily found. Texas, at the time, was a wild and dangerous place, principally because the Comanche Indians ruled Texas.
After completing public school education in San Antonio, John Proctor attended the University of Texas at Austin. While at the university, he obtained a BA degree in geology and a BS degree in Petroleum Engineering. He also entered the ROTC program at the university and received a commission as a second lieutenant in the Air Force.
After graduation from the university, John Proctor pursued two careers: the petroleum industry and the Air Force Reserve. He was on active duty in the Air Force during the Korean conflict and then remained in the Air Force Reserve for 28 years. His work as a petroleum engineer was done over a 30-year period in the oil and gas fields of Texas and New Mexico.