Profant was born in Santa Barbara May 23, 1928, the son of Mabel and Dr. Henry J.
Profant. Henry was a Founder of the Santa Barbara Medical clinic, and he and Mabel were
supporters of the Music Academy of the West, and among the Founders of CAMA, the Community
Arts Music Association.
Mabel contributed her services on the CAMA
Board of Directors for over 50 years.This organization was a key player in the
establishment of the first Old Spanish Days festival, and it was their role to integrate
the performing Arts into this pageant.In his early years John was an accomplished horseman in
the Mounted Boy Scouts Unit, and a gifted sailor. After serving in the National Guard and
the Korean War he received an MS in Economics from UCLA.
Throughout his long career at Northrop
Aircraft Company he was known for his integrity and diplomacy. Few of his associates knew
of his talents as a tenor, and ballroom dancer. He performed with The International Opera
Ensemble, Opera West, Inc., was supportive of several community arts organizations, and
was a Founder and Member of the Board of the critically acclaimed Francisco Martinez