James Gary Johnson
James Gary Johnson was born in Los Angeles, Calif. November 24, 1929 to Gail and Vivian Johnson. He was the eldest of four children, sisters Lois and Lynda, and a brother, Gail.
Anyone who knew Gary knows that he loved being outdoors: skiing, hunting, horseback riding, and being a cowboy. He loved working for the U.S. Forest Service during WW II while attending Big Bear High School and graduating in 1947.
In the years to follow, camping, hiking, hunting, and canoeing became favorite family activities.
His working life began with 15 years at Douglas Aircraft Company as a master layout man, later graduating to Loftsman and Lineman, all dealing with aircraft engineering technicalities. In 1963 he was recruited by the Service Bureau Corporation, a division of IBM, and developed an important training course which he taught at home and abroad. Another job change brought him back to what became McDonnel Douglas and working with aircraft.
Returning to McDonnell Douglas was sure lucky for Gary, that's where he met Sandy. They were married in 1961 and have enjoyed nearly 53 years of marriage.
Retirement brought Gary and Sandy to the Applegate Valley and their home on the hill. They became involved with volunteering at the Britt Festivals and with the "Friends of the Applegate Valley Fire District #9". One of his favorite things to do was to ride on his lawn mower, manicuring his property, enjoying the fresh air and beauty of the valley.
He is survived by his wife, Sandy; son, Jeffery; daughter, Christina; daughters, Cynthia and Judith, from a previous marriage; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Ruch Community Church, 190 Upper Appleagte Road, Jacksonville, Oregon.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Applegate Valley Fire District #9, 1095 Upper Applegate Road, Jacksonville, OR 97530.
He will be deeply missed.