John is the current patriarch of the Altonen family. He’s the husband of Sandra; the father of Tony, Gene, Brian and Jason and the grandpa of 10. As a young man living on the farm, John kept horses - even riding one to Elk Rapids to go to the movies! Although he’s almost 79 years old, no one would ever know it based on how hard he works. He shows up at the farm every day and sets the tone for dedication to farm and family. In his off-time he likes to fish, fix things, and search for deals on Craigslist.