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Thomas Johnson Obituary
THOMAS JOHNSON Thomas passed away at his cottage in Valencia, California on June 26, 2013 at age 94. He was born in Willis, Kansas on January 25, 1919. He is survived by his son, Duane Johnson; his daughter Marilyn Johnson-Hackett; and his brothers Wesley Johnson and David Johnson. He has one grandchild, Jeannine Johnson, daughter of deceased Ronald Johnson. Thomas lived on a farm and graduated high school in Willis, Kansas. He received his Masters Degree in Sports Education from the University of Iowa. He was widowed, married to Margaret Johnson for over 50 years. Thomas was a WWII dive bomber pilot, leading his squadron in the Pacific. He flew over 30 missions, among them Bougainville and Luzon. A musical tribute to his time in the Philippines, "Wartime Romance" will be playing in Branson, Missouri in the fall of 2013. Upon leaving the military, T. Mark, (as colleagues called him) began his career as a high school coach in small Kansas towns. He then coached college athletics in Wichita, Kansas. He moved to California where he became the Athletic Director of Riverside City College and retired. After retirement he accepted the post of Commissioner of Athletics for the Orange Empire and Mission Conference. He retired in June 2012 at age 93. He was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame by the Riverside Board of Supervisors, notably increasing Women's Athletic programs and into the Sports Hall of Fame in Sacramento, Calif. for his contributions to California Community College Athletics. Tom will be forever remembered and treasured for his down to earth advice, integrity, love for his colleagues and athletics, sense of humor, bright disposition and love of life. Preparations are being made by Preston and Simons Mortuary in Riverside, California. The funeral service will be followed by a military burial at the Riverside National Cemetery on Monday, July 8, 2013 at 11:30am. PRESTON & SIMONS MORTUARY Funeral Directors 951-683-7410
Published in Press-Enterprise on June 30, 2013
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