There is no substituting John Trapper Tice. One of the best trappers in the business, John is also the co-founder of Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings. John rose to fame following his work with AIMS which was later converted into a TV series, Mountain Monsters. One of the first cast members of the show, John took his team to the dense Appalachian Mountains to hunt for mysterious sightings. And even though John passed away in 2019, his impact on AIMS and Mountain Monsters remains for everyone to be seen. In this article, we will take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Jon Tice.
John Richard Tice was born on the 24th of May, 1947, in the mountains of West Virginia, USA. Born and raised in the mountains, it did not take John a long time to find his passion for nature. During his early years, John followed his father around the mountains and started hunting from a young age. An athletic kid, John attended St. Marys High School and loved playing football. Following his time in high school, John enrolled at Hobart Institute of Welding Technology and graduated with a degree in welding.
War, AIMS, and Mountain Monsters:
Before setting off to the mountain in a hunt of mysterious sightings, John enlisted in the US Army and was stationed in Vietnam. He participated and survived the Vietnam war and often credited his hunting skills for getting out of the war unscathed.
“I survived Vietnam because my dad made me a great squirrel hunter. Hours and hours in the woods, and the Army can’t teach you that. I can see a leaf was turned wrong or anything wasn’t right. I can recognize that well in advance.”
After returning to the US in 2000, John began investigating the mountains for strange sightings. Accompanied by Jeff Headlee and William Neff, John began exploring tales of mysterious sightings and wanted to see if there was really something out there. This led to the incorporation of AIMS, Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings. As the team began expanding their field of operations, they started getting noticed more often. Their effort paid off in 2012 when John was contacted by the executive producers of Destination America, who wanted the AIMS team to feature on a brand new reality TV series, Mountain Monsters. John agreed to the proposal and was cast on the series. While John made regular appearances on the first five seasons on the show, his appearance in the sixth season was cut short due to health problems.
Health problems and Death:
In around 2015, John suffered from a blood clot in his leg which led to a series of problems and kept him out of the show. Talking about his degrading health, John had said that he knew he was dying.
“I’m dying. I think it’s a downhill ride from here. The last blood work I got, my kidneys were about 25 percent. I about croaked the last time I was in the hospital. It’s just one thing after another. I’m one of those people that never worried about dying too much. It’s one of those things in life that you gotta face up to… Going through this has taught me you’re only here so long.”
John passed away four years after the incident on December 16, 2019, at the age of 72. He was surrounded by his family when he took his last breath, of whom little is known. He was survived by his wife and three children, son John David Tice, Dr. Jared Ryan Tice and daughter Laura Melinda Tice.
John Richard Tice
May 24, 1947
December 16, 2019
West Virginia, USA
TV Personality, Navigator, Hunter
John David Tice, Dr. Jared Ryan Tice and Laura Melinda Tice