John Mayer

John Mayer, Retired teacher, Sparks

John Mayer’s great-grandparents on his mother’s side arrived in Sparks in the 1890s, while his father’s parents moved there with the relocation of the Southern Pacific railroad shops from Wadsworth. Mayer vividly describes growing up in Sparks in the 1940s and 1950s. He taught for the Washoe County School District, and served for seventeen years on the Sparks City Council and the Board of the Regional Transportation Commission, which named the new RTC Centennial Plaza after him in 2009. Photo by Patrick Cummings

Full Oral History Transcript

John Mayer explains how he was at the 1942 dedication of the Deer Park Pool, which his mother attended while pregnant with him. Recorded by Alicia Barber.


Lifelong Sparks resident John Mayer remembers buying penny candy at the Rock Cave grocery on the corner of 15th Street and Prater Way in the 1950s. Recorded by Alicia Barber.


Sparks native John Mayer remembers participating in Jack's Carnival as a child. The carnival and parade originally served as a fundraiser for the hot lunch program in the Sparks schools. Recorded by Alicia Barber.