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Wholesale distribution executive

John Marshall Yantis, American wholesale distribution executive.


Yantis, John Marshall was born on August 1, 1918 in Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States. Son of Marshall L. and Eva (Vick) Yantis.


Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, University Michigan, 1939.


Supervisor stores Atuomotive, Inc., Fort Smith, 1939—1940. Project engineer Comsel Aircraft Company, San Diego, 1940—1941. Chief armament engineer Fort Motor Company, Willow Run, Michigan, 1941—1945, member international research department, 1945.

Vice president Automotive, Inc., Fort Smith, general manager, 1946—1957. President Motive Parts Warthorne, Inc., Fort Smith, general manager, 1958—1969. President Mid-America Industries, Inc., Fort Smith, chairman board, since 1969, chief operating officer, 2009.

Chairman board Wertz Company, 1972. Director Merchants National Bank, Arkansas Best Corporation.


President Fort Smith Community Chest, 1951—1952, Fort Smith United Fund, 1964—1965, campaign chairman, 1968. Chairman Sebastian County (Arkansas) American Red Cross, 1951—1952, Urban Renewal Authority Fort Smith, 1973—1974. President Fort Smith School Board, 1964—1965, Car Case-Council, 1976—1977.

Member of National Standard Parts Association (director 1955-1959, chairman market research 1951-1955), Automotive Information Council (chairman 1978-1979, director since 1972), Automotive Warehouse Distrs. Association (1st vice president 1972-1974), Automotive Warehouse Distributor Association (director 1969-1975), Automotive Academy, Society Automotive Engineers, O'Donnell Country (Palm Springs, California), Thunderbird Country, Rancho Mirage (California), Town (Fort Smith), Fianna Hills Country, Garden Gods (Colorado Springs), Hardscrabble Country, Phi Delta Theta.


Married Shear L. Southball, May 7, 1976. Children: Sarah Welch, Marshall I., John Marshall, Julia Annual.

Marshall L. Yantis

Eva (Vick) Yantis

Shear L. Southball

Sarah Welch Yantis

Marshall I. Yantis

John Marshall Yantis

Julia Annual Yantis