was born in Seattle, Washington on April 24, 1911. He moved to California
in 1923 where he attended the University of California at Berkley. He taught
school for thirty-three years until he retired in 1974.
began working in the lapidary arts in 1970. After he retired, he began to
devote much of his time and energies into that field. Inspired by the late
William Grundke, and taught by Vern McCullough, Vernon began to construct
commessos (intarsias). His first commesso was a copy of William's "Silent
Night" or as his fellow members of the Castro Valley Club called it
"The Church in the Woods". Vernon passed away in 2004.