John Dave Denilofs was born Phi Long Tran in Da Nang, Vietnam in 1966. JD came to California in 1975 via the Philippines, Hawaii and Samoa. JD grew up in Bellflower, two weeks after graduating from Mayfair High School he was off to basic training for the U.S. Army. JD returned four and a half years later after being stationed in Kentucky, Texas and Germany. After leaving active duty in 1988, John joined the Reserve, he ended his military career in 2003 as a First Sergeant.
From 1989 to 1999 JD owned two businesses a horticulturist business, "Shade Nursery" in Sun City, CA and a turfgrass planting business, "J.D. Flannigan Stolon Planting Service", which operated up and down California. From 2000 to 2010 John was an Independent Contractor driving for Bell Cab Co/Yellow Cab Co based in San Bernardino, CA.
JD is a three time cancer survivor. In 2008, JD had colon cancer and in 2012 he lost 75% of muscle mass of his right buttocks to sarcoma cancer. In 2014 the sarcoma spread to his lung but once again the VA Loma Linda Hospital pulled off another miracle.
After a military career, being a small business owner, and a cancer survivor, JD became a full time single dad. John is currently raising three kids, Allison, 15, Rachal, 8, and Johnny Lee, 7.