Jason Howell|Founder (1969-2004)

Jason Howell was born and raised in Yuma, Arizona. He graduated from Yuma High School, and attended ITT Technical Institute in Mesa, California, where he studied electrical contracting. Desiring to move back to Yuma, Jason discovered there was a need for roofing contractors in the local community. He started working as a roofer for Lee Home Builders, training to learn the trade. In 1994, at 25 years old, he obtained his own license and established DMS Roofing. He named the business after his two daughters and wife – Desiree, Morgan, and Stephanie. DMS Roofing was featured as one of the top 100 roofing contractors in the United States by Roofing, Siding, and Insulation magazine. Jason was extremely active in the community. He participated in many charitable works including Habitat for Humanity. It was not uncommon for him to help a family in need of roof repair that did not have the funds to do the job. If you take a stroll through Yuma’s avenues and the north side of town, chances are you will encounter several homes that Jason worked on, for free. In 2004, at the young age of 35, Jason was tragically killed in a car accident. He left behind the legacy of a successful man, ambitious with self-taught knowledge, a strong work ethic, a charitable heart, and a friendly personality

John Lockard

John Lockard is a native of Yuma, Arizona. After graduating from Yuma High School, he worked for Bogg’s Construction, a company his uncle owned in California. During this time, John attended night classes, studying drafting and business. In 1970, John moved to Yuma and started his own company, JWL Construction. He did remodel work, spec homes, and insurance repair work. He retained his California contractor’s license in 1991 and branched out into doing construction in Southern California. In 1987, John became a pre-engineered steel building dealer. He started an overhead door business in 1988 and sold it in 1994. He also started a development company in 1997 and sold it in 2007. After working in the construction industry for over 40 years, John’s advice for a successful business is practical for anyone to implement: “I learned very early, that business is business no matter what you do to earn your money. It is very important to surround yourself with good, quality people, not just yes men. High-quality work and good service are a must. I believe in keeping up on new ideas and procedures. We should mentor our employees and others in our industry.” Although John stepped down from the YSWCA Board, he continues to help and promote the construction trades in the community.

Don Wilson |Founder (1939-2018)

Don Wilson was born in Berkley, California. He grew up in the Oakland Bay area and graduated from Oakland High School in 1957. Throughout Don’s middle school and high school years, he worked at United Case and Fixture Company. This was a cabinet and mill shop owned by his father, where they specialized in mill cabinet supplies for remodeling and new construction. In his senior year of high school, Don’s father passed away. Don took control of the company and ran it for 10 years. During that time, in 1960, Don began attending Diablo Valley College where he studied business, construction, construction law, real estate, drafting, and estimating. He also attended Merritt College Night School where he studied real estate and appraisals. Eventually, Don sold the cabinet and mill shop in 1967. Don began working in property management and eventually relocated to Houston, Texas. There he became a licensed Real Estate salesman and also worked in painted high-rise buildings. Don later moved to Parker, Arizona while working in the copper mining industry, where he met his wife, Judy. In 1985, Don moved to Yuma & began working for Foxworth Galbraith as an Outside Sales Rep and Estimator and held this position for over 20 years until he retired in 2008. Throughout his career with Foxworth, Don earned the respect of many local contractors who loyally gave him their business year after year. After retirement, Don took over the Executive Directors position at the YSWCA from 2009 through 2011. His service and dedication to the Yuma community through his many years at Foxworth Galbraith and with YSWCA are invaluable and will be always honored.