Brother John Wayne, May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979
Academy award winning actor, Marion McDaniel Lodge 56.
Born Marion Morrison, “the Duke” appeared or starred in over 200 films in his fifty-year career, winning an Oscar for “True Grit,” in 1969. Remembered for his definition of the American individualist of a mythical wild west, he came to represent America to several generations of movie-goers.
He was member of Glendale Demolay Chapter during his high school days and as a Senior DeMolay, he was also awarded the DeMolay Legion Of Honor in 1970.
Duke was also a Freemason, like his father before him; he receiving his Craft degrees in July 1970 in Marion McDaniel Lodge No. 56, Tucson, Arizona. He was initiated an Entered Apprentice on July 9, 1970, passed to a Fellow Craft on July 10, 1970 and raised a Master Mason on July 11, 1970.
In December of that year, he joined the York Rite Bodies in California and became a Shriner in Al Malaikah Shrine Temple.
A Past Master who sat in Lodge with Brothers John Wayne & Roy Rodgers in California said they told him that the Lodge was the only place they could go and feel normal. The PM also said they were proficient and worked in the Lodge.