Rodney Middleton Most Illustrious Grand Master 2017-2018
Rodney Dean Middleton was born in Newport Beach, California in 1961 and is the oldest of four children. After a few short years, his family relocated to Kansas, finally settling in Mound Valley where he grew up. Rodney’s father worked for the Kansas State Extension office and farmed at his family homestead in a neighboring town. After graduating from Labette County High School in Altamont, Kansas in 1979, Rodney joined the U.S. Air Force in 1980, serving 21 years and retiring in 2001. During his time in the Air Force, he obtained an associate degree in Science from Western Oklahoma State College in Altus, Oklahoma, as well as an associate degree in Airframe Repair Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Rodney joined the local Masonic Lodge, Altus Lodge #62, and became a Master Mason in 1990.
During his time at Altus, Rodney was appointed Sr. Deacon. However, because of a transfer to Hill Air Force Base in Utah, he was required to move his membership to Gateway Lodge #29 in Clearfield, Utah from 1994 to 2001, where he was eventually elected Sr. Warden. At this time, Rodney joined the local Chapter, Council, and Commandery (Ogden Chapter #2, Ogden Council #3 and Ogden El Monte #2 Commandery).
Rodney was next transferred to Kunsan Air Force Base in Korea, but after returning from his assignment, he finished his military career at McConnell Air Force Base and retired in 2001. Shortly thereafter, Rodney relocated to Altamont, Kansas with his son where he joined Parsons Lodge #117 and Altamont Lodge #69, going through the chairs to eventually become Worshipful Master at both lodges in 2005 and 2006.
Currently Rodney is serving as the secretary of Altamont Lodge, an office he has held for the past ten years. In addition to this service, he was appointed District Deputy Grand Master in 2014 and 2015. Rodney joined Parsons Chapter #39 in 2001, becoming High Priest in 2004, 2009, and in 2017. He has also been the District Deputy Grand High Priest #2 for the past five years. In 2013, he was appointed as Illustrious Grand Conductor of the Council, and in 2017 Rodney was elected Most Illustrious Grand Master.
Some other Masonic degrees and affiliations of Rodney’s include:
Order of the Eastern Star, Clearfield, Utah #24 – 1994 to 2002
Parsons Chapter Royal Arch Masons #39 – 2001
Independence Council Cryptic Masons #15 – 2001
Illustrious Master of Independence Council Cryptic Masons #15 – 2009, 2013
Coeur de Lion Commandery Knights Templar #17 – 2001
Eminent Commander of Coeur de Lion, #17 – 2005, 2009, and 2017
Order of the Eastern Star, Parsons #49, Erie #136 & Chanute #147 – 2002
El-Kalah Shrine, Salt Lake City, Utah – 1997 to 2001
Mirza Shrine, Pittsburg, Kansas – 2001
Red Cross of Constantine, Crispus Conclave, Pittsburg, KS – 2006 (Eminent Viceroy, 2012)
Knights of the York Cross of Honour, Kansas – Priory #33 – 2010
Holy Royal Arch Knights Templar Priests, River Jordan Tabernacle – 2012
Kansas York Rite College #125 – 2016
Sword of Bunker Hill #117 – 2008
Council of the Thrice Illustrious Master, Order of the Silver Trowel – 2012
Order of the High Priesthood – 2013
Kansas Association of Past Commanders – 2013
General Grand Ambassador to Kansas, General Grand Council – 2017
Rodney considers it a privilege and an honor to be elected by his peers as the Most Illustrious Grand Master of Kansas. He attributes much of his success in his career to the support of his loving wife, Linda, and the constant encouragement of his family. He looks forward to serving the craft wherever needed, and for as long as he is able. God bless!