Robert Bob Ray Johnson
Robert "Bob" Ray Johnson was a lifetime resident of the Rogue Valley. Born September 11, 1948, he passed away surrounded by family in Redding, Calif., September 17, 2012, at the age of 64.
Bob, an avid Oregon Duck fan and graduate of the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communications, is known by most for his years as owner/operator of KTMT, KCMX and KMFR, his active support in the community, and his avid collecting of antique phonographs.
Bob is credited with bringing rock and roll to the FM airwaves in the Rogue Valley after he and his wife, Karen, "flipped the switch" from easy listening to Top 40 music on KTMT-FM in the late 80s. He also brought to the valley KTMT's morning radio show The Morning Zoo.
Bob was stationed in Germany during Vietnam where he served in the Army's tank brigade. He was a past member of the Rotary Club, University Club, Friends of the Fair Foundation, and the Jackson County Fair Board. He was also instrumental in the fundraising campaign to Save Mt. Ashland.
After retiring in 1996, Bob spent most of his time enjoying life. Never idle, he traveled, raced in the sand on his side-by-side, water skied, white water rafted, kayaked, paddle boarded, and rebuilt and collected antique phonographs.
Bob became ill after a week-long family vacation on Lake Shasta, an annual family tradition where he was spending time doing the things he enjoyed most with the people he loved.
He will forever be cherished by his wife, Karen; daughters, Kelly and Kerry; son, Brian; sister, Judy; brother, Gary; and a long list of amazing friends that he considered family.
A celebration of life will be held at the U.S. Hotel Ballroom on California St. in Jacksonville (adjacent to the Jacksonville Inn) on September 29, 2012, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, designated for septic shock (http://www.nfid.org/donate) or donate blood at a local blood bank.