JOHNSON, Allan Ladd Mr. Allan Ladd Johnson passed away at his home on November 5, 2013. Affectionately known as "Ladd", Mr. Johnson was born to the union of Gladys (Thompson) Johnson and Eugene Thompson on March 28, 1948. Ladd was born and raised in Houston, Texas and professed his faith at an early age by becoming a member of Lane Tabernacle C.M.E. Church. The fourth of five (5) boys, he was the major attraction during their gospel performances at home and visiting churches. Allan Ladd was educated in the Fidelity Manor educational system, attending Fidelity Elementary and Jr. High before graduating from Fidelity Manor High in 1966. After graduation, Ladd was drafted into the U.S. Army and served his country as an infantryman in the Vietnam War. He returned to Houston after Vietnam and resided there until relocating to Spokane, Washington in 1973. It was in Spokane that he met and married Debra Lynn Towers to which union two (2) sons were born. Allan Ladd completed his B.A Degree at Eastern Washington University and was promptly employed at Aetna Insurance. Upon moving up the ranks, he and the boys relocated to Aetna's home office in Hartford, Connecticut. He traveled to other places after a lengthy career at Aetna before returning to Spokane ten years ago. He remained in Spokane until his passing. Although he joins his mother (Gladys Johnson), father (Eugene Thompson), Big Mama (Hattie Thompson), Big Daddy (Lee Thompson), and older brother (Billy Johnson) who all preceded him in death; he leaves many to celebrate his life and mourn his passing. Among them are two sons, Maurice (Heather), and Anthony (Caitlin) Johnson of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania; three brothers James (Natalie) Johnson of Houston, Texas, Archie (Marsha) Johnson of Spokane, Washington and Dan (Joni) Johnson of San Diego, California; three grandchildren, Shaquan, Sidney, and Maurice Jr. in Mechanicsburg; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and great friends. Funeral services to celebrate his home-going will be held in the Alwin Chapel at Hazen and Jaeger Funeral Home, 1306 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA, on Friday, November 15, 2013 at 12:00 noon. Interment will follow at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Medical Lake, WA.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Nov. 13, 2013