John Schmitz

Smiling old man with white hair, a green button-up shirt with sunglasses hung in the collar. The man is wearing a Titlest hat.

Past Board President John Schmitz, Class of 1971, deceased

John Schmitz is the past Board President for the Williston Coyote Foundation. He was a life-long Williston resident, graduating from Williston High School in 1971. He spent his life as a dedicated supporter of the Coyote Family, even making a difference for the Williston Coyote Foundation when he passed away in 2020.

He attended NDSU, and graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in History Education in 1976.  He worked in the oil and gas industry and farmed near Williston for the past 40 years. He retired from the landman profession in 2012, but continued to farm with his sons and son-in-law every year until his death.

He and his wife Cathy (Howe), Class of 1974, were married for 42 years and have four adult children: Codi, Jacob, Casey, and Jordan; and 9 grandchildren.