John moved to Clackamas County in 1958. He graduated from Rex Putnam High School near his home in Oak Grove. John attended and wrestled for Clackamas Community College winning State and Regional Championships before placing 2nd in the nation in his weight classification. He ran for and won a seat on the Clackamas Community College Board of Education in 1971.
John moved his family to Wilsonville in 1974 and became an extraordinary community volunteer. His activities included volunteer fire fighter, fundraiser auctioneer, Rotarian, school volunteer and much more. He was a motivational speaker for Oregon Youth Leadership and led in establishing the city’s first Sister City relationship.
When Wilsonville High School opened in 1995, John raised $250,000 to create a press box and to cover the football stadium bleachers. To this day, he is the high school announcer for football and men’s basketball.
John spent ten years as a commercial carpenter but ultimately turned to selling real estate, owning his own company since 1985. He excelled in his profession and was elected President of the Clackamas County Association of Realtors. In addition he later served as an executive board member of the Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors, a group that named him “Realtor of the Year” in 2002 and awarded him their “Good Neighbor” award in 2008 for his public service.
In the late 90′s John fought for an appropriate location for a state women’s prison. After Coffee Creek Correctional Facility was opened, Ludlow founded Rotary’s award-winning “Through A Child’s Eyes” program to help stop the intergenerational cycle of criminality. Due to his extensive involvement with the prison, he has twice been named Oregon Department of Corrections Outstanding Volunteer.