Jon was born on October 26, 1977 in Fort Collins, Colorado. He graduated from South Salem High School in Salem, Oregon in 1996. A devout Mormon, he attended Brigham Young University and took up animation as his major. After his college education, he moved to LA to pursue a career in filmmaking.
After struggling to make a name for himself, he unexpectedly found his breakthrough performance in the 2004 independent film Napoleon Dynamite. Since the mid-2000's, Jon has made several comedies and has voiced in a couple of animated films.