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Jack David Johnson

Jack David Johnson (Papa Jack), passed away Saturday, February 4, 2012, with family at his side. Born March 27, 1933, in Red Oak, Iowa, he was one of nine children to Einar and

Carin Johnson.

In 1939, the Johnson family headed West and after a brief spell in Coronado, Calif., they settled in Medford, Ore., where Jack lived the rest of his life. All of the Johnson brothers were athletic, but Jack was especially fond of basketball, almost as much as he loved big band music.

In 1949, he started his career as logger with his brother, John, and later his brothers, Lloyd and Lambert. Jack was a gypo logger and was known to anyone and everyone who was in the business. Jack landed major contracts with Weyerhauser, KOGAP Enterprises, Inc., and Della Lumber. He spent his life in the woods and cared about it greatly.

Jack married the first of three wives on December 7, 1951. He wed Martha Taylor and they had two sons. On May 20, 1960, Jack married Loraine Hood, and they had a daughter and raised a step-daughter. Finally, Jack married Patricia

Irving on May 15, 1974, and they raised a step-son.

Jack loved animals and they loved him. He was the original animal whisperer; the more animals the better. Chickens, goats, pigs, dogs and everything else owe their lives to his kind hand.

Survivors include his first wife, Martha Taylor; and son, Jerry Johnson; his second wife, Loraine Hood; daughter, Jennifer Johnson; step-daughter, Debbie Rice; step-son, Scott Irving; and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia; son, Ron; and granddaughter, Alexa.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday,

February 25, 2012, at Mountain Christian Fellowship, 1 East Main St., Medford, Ore. Donations may be made in honor of Jack to the Humane Society of Southern Oregon. Memory Gardens Memorial Park & Mortuary are in care of

arrangements. www.memorygardensmortuary.com.

Jack David Johnson