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International Supreme Council | Elected Officers

  Mike A. Salazar | Grand Master

Mike A. Salazar of Northern California was installed Grand Master of DeMolay on June 15th, 2013 at the 94th Annual Session in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Mike A. Salazar was born in Sonora, Mexico in 1952. In 1953 the family moved back to San Jose, California where he lived until graduating for Oak Grove High school. While he was in high school he was active in school activities as President of the Social Action Club and Drum Major of the band. The most important part is that he met his current sweetheart while in high school.

In July 1970 Dad Salazar join the United Sates Marine Corps and worked on the avionics package on the Harrier (jet with vertical take-off capabilities). He helped to test the Harrier capabilities in different environments around the world from deserts, North Atlantic, to jungles. Left active duty in September 1979 with an Honorary Discharge but stayed in the local reserve unit.

Dad Salazar had over 31 years with AT&T when he retired in April of 2010 where he Managed National Teams, Negotiated contracts with national companies and managed the compliance of those contracts, Manage a multi-million dollar budget, Program and Project Managed Technical Documentation Creation and Reviews

Dad Salazar has a BS degree in Management from Southern Illinois University. He married his high school sweetheart Janet Chapman in 1971. They have two children, a daughter, Maria who is a past Honor Queen and Past Jurisdictional Sweetheart a son Michael a Past Jurisdictional Master Councilor. Michael is also the current the DLC Director for the Pacific Coast Conference. They also have one grandson (future DeMolay) Charles Michael and great Son-in-law Steve.

Dad Salazar is a member of Pleasanton Lodge 312 –received the Grand Masters Youth Award 2010 (only 4 a year are given by the Grand Master for those that he thinks made a major difference in helping our Masonic Youth). He is a member of the Grand Lodge Youth Committee for over 8 year and still currently a member. He belongs to the San Francisco Scottish Rite, Asiya Shrine Temple, and Semper Fidelis Order of the Easter Star.

Dad Salazar has served DeMolay is different capacities like District Deputy in charge of supporting 8 chapters, Convention Director in charge of putting together a convention for close to 600 folks for two years, Jurisdictional Dad in charge of training the Jurisdictional Officers and the Divisional Officers plus manage the jurisdictional programs for four year, Assistant Executive Officer over 3 years and Executive Officer over 8 years. His Jurisdiction has received an eagles; for “Best Communications” 2003-2004, “ISC Member of the Year” 2007-2008, “EO of the Year” 2008-2009, “Meeting Planner Award” 2010-2011.

  Derek G. Sprague | Grand Senior Councilor

Derek G. Sprague of Oregon was installed Grand Senior Councilor of DeMolay on June 15th, 2013 at the 94th Annual Session in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Derek G. Sprague was born in Boise, Idaho in 1968 and moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho in 1976 where he joined Bonneville Chapter, Order of DeMolay in 1982. He was installed as Master Councilor in December 1984 and went on to be elected State Master Councilor of Idaho in 1985, while completing his senior year at Idaho Falls High School. While in high school, he was active in school government, jazz band, honor society and was elected a co-captain of the varsity baseball team.
Dad Sprague’s DeMolay honors and awards include the Legion of Honor, Degree of Chevalier, Guild of the Leather Apron, Advisor’s Honor Key and Founder’s Membership Award.

After graduation in 1990 from Boise State University with a BBA in Accountancy, Dad Sprague married his wife Korinda and began his twenty year corporate accounting career that has spanned the aviation, medical consulting and internet services industries.

In 1992 he joined the Idaho Jurisdictional Staff and served as State Dad Advisor from 1994-1998. In 1999, after his election to Deputy Member of the International Supreme Council he assumed the duties of Assistant Executive Officer of Idaho. In 2002, Dad Sprague was elected an Active Member of the International Supreme Council and then appointed Executive Officer of Idaho, where he served until the close of 2005. In 2008, Dad Sprague joined the Oregon Jurisdictional Staff and has served as an Assistant Executive Officer for four years.

In addition to his jurisdictional duties, Dad Sprague also served DeMolay International on the Board of Directors as Region VIII Representative from 2004-2007 and Chairman of the Budget & Finance Committee from 2004-2009 and 2010-2012. Furthermore, he served as Treasurer of DeMolay Foundation, Inc. from 2002-2007. He was elected Grand Junior Councilor in June 2012.

Besides his DeMolay activities, Dad Sprague is a member of both Eagle Rock Lodge #19 AF&AM; in Idaho Falls, and Tigard-Orenomah Lodge #207 AF&AM; in his home town of Tigard, Oregon. Besides his Blue Lodge activities, he is active in the Scottish Rite Valley of Portland and is a member of Al Kader Shrine Temple. Lastly, Dad Sprague served as President of the Oregon DeMolay Endowment Foundation from 2011-2013.

Dad Sprague is an avid golfer and sports enthusiast, most especially college football.

  Steven E. Crane | Grand Junior Councilor

Steve Crane of Kansas was installed Grand Junior Councilor of DeMolay on June 15th, 2013 at the 94th Annual Session in Minneapolis, Minnesota. .

Dad Steve Crane was born in San Diego California where his family farmed out in the Alpine California area. Dad Crane moved to Sandpoint Idaho in 1981 and joined Lakeside Lodge #42. He served as Master of the Lodge in 1993, 1994, and 1995. He was appointed District Deputy in 1994 and then appointed to the progressive Grand Lodge line in 1996. He continued through Idaho’s long progressive line until his employer moved him into the global headquarters in Topeka Kansas in 2002. Dad Crane retired as the manager of competitive intelligence from Hill’s Pet Nutrition, a division of Colgate Palmolive after 30 years in March of 2011.

Dad Crane received his Masters in Organizational Administrative Management from the University of Phoenix and currently is an adjunct professor at Baker University, the oldest university in Kansas, established in 1858. Dad Crane teaches Organizational Management and International Marketing in Baker’s MBA program.

While his daughters were involved in Job’s daughters in Sandpoint Idaho, his son clearly would not be eligible. Consequently Dad Crane started a DeMolay Chapter in Sandpoint and served as Chapter Dad, Chapter Chairman and finally regional Executive Officer for Idaho before being transferred to Kansas in 2002. In 2003 he was appointed Executive Officer of Kansas. While serving Kansas he attained positive growth each year.

Dad Crane served on various committees for DeMolay International, and served as President of the DeMolay Foundation until his election this year as Junior Grand Councilor. Dad Crane served as WM of Topeka Lodge #17 in 2011. He is currently a member of Lakeside Lodge #42, Sandpoint Idaho, Creston Lodge #54, Creston British Columbia, Bannack Lodge 3-7-77 in Bannack Montana, Topeka Lodge #17 Topeka Kansas. He is a KCCH member of the Coeur D’Alene Idaho Valley of Scottish Rite, member of Arab Shrine in Topeka Kansas, Calam Shrine in Lewiston Idaho, and Ankara Grotto in Kansas City Kansas.

Dad Crane has three daughters, one son, two step daughters, 7 grand daughters and 3 grand sons who are scattered from San Diego to Quebec. He lives with his best friend and wife Dr. Marilyn Colgan in Clinton Kansas where they raise beef cattle, corn and soybeans on the family farm.

  Wesley D. Thornton | Grand Treasurer

Wesley D. Thornton of New Mexico was installed Grand Treasure of DeMolay on June 15th, 2013 at the 94th Annual Session in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Wesley D. Thornton is a Texan by birth, and a New Mexican by the grace of God. He graduated from Farmington High School, and began his DeMolay experience in Farmington Chapter (now James H. Gibson Chapter) in 1968, Farmington, New Mexico. He was also a member of New Mexico Knighthood Priory in 1969 and held the offices of Master Councilor and Illustrious Knight Commander simultaneously. His DeMolay Honors include the PMC-MSA, Blue Honor Key, Representative DeMolay Award, Chevalier, Legion of Honor, and Zerubbabel Key. Dad Thornton was elected as a Deputy Member of the Supreme Council at the 75th Anniversary in 1994, and Active Membership in 1998. He has served the New Mexico DeMolay Association as Director of Finance and Information and as Chairman of the Advisory Council of two different chapters. He has served on the Board of Directors of DeMolay International since 2004, as the Region VII Representative for four years and the elected line for three years. He served as Grand Master of DeMolay International in 2010-2011, and is currently the Executive Officer of New Mexico. He was appointed Grand Treasurer of DeMolay International in March of 2012.

Dad Thornton served in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged. After the Air Force, he returned to college and graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy from New Mexico State University. He met and married Robin Graham while attending college. They have two sons, Andrew and Brian, both of whom are Past State Master Councilors of the New Mexico DeMolay Association.

In 1986, Dad Thornton was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant and began Private Practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New Mexico Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Brother Thornton is a fourth generation Master Mason and is twice a past master. In 2002 he was appointed as the Charter Master of Edgewood Lodge No. 82 AF&AM;. He is a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies of Santa Fe and the York Rite Bodies of Farmington. He is also a member of the Ballut Abyad Shrine Center in Albuquerque, where he served as Captain of the Shrine Mounted Patrol and Secretary/Treasurer. He is a Past District Deputy Grand Master, Grand Lodge of New Mexico, Past Treasurer of two lodges and currently is serving the Grand Lodge of New Mexico AF&AM; as Grand Treasurer. He received the 33° in 2003, and was elected Treasurer of Valley of Santa Fe Lodge of Perfection, a post he held until 2005. He received the Red Cross of Constantine in 2009 from Saint Sophia Conclave.

Dad Thornton is also serving the New Mexico College Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis as Chief Adept, Grade IX°.

He has served on the board of Directors of the New Mexico Appaloosa Horse Club, and is presently serving on the DeMolay Foundation of New Mexico board of directors as Secretary/Treasurer.

The Thornton's are members of the Covenant Untied Methodist Church, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

  Patton R. Hart | Grand Secretary

Patton R. Hart of Kentucky was installed Grand Secretary of DeMolay on June 15th, 2013 at the 94th Annual Session in Minneapolis, Minnesota.