PASTOR WILLARD "JJ" JOHNSON 7/12/1930-5/29/2014 Willard Allen Johnson of Apple Valley, CA went home to be with the Lord on May 29, 2014. Willard was born on July 12, 1930 in Beatrice Nebraska, to Willard H and Montrula Johnson. At two years of age the family relocated to Pratt, Kansas, and at 12 years of age they moved to Wichita, Kansas. Willard graduated from East High School where he was involve in football, where he was a great quarterback. He was a track star and was on the basketball team. After graduation, he enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean War. After Basic Training he ended up being stationed at Williams Air Force Base near Phoenix, Arizona where he met his wife of 61 years, Denotra Clark. They began their life together as a military family, but when his four year tour was over, they had one child, and decided not to make a career of the military. After his discharge, they moved to Wichita, where they lived for 3 years, and gave birth to another child. They relocated to California in 1955 where they became parents of another child. During his life in California, he was a manager of Thrifty Drugs for 12 years, and a Postal Employee for 30 years. He was involved with the education of his children, a leader in the athletics of his son, and honorary Girl Scout with his daughters troops. He mentored many young people who came into his life through his children, many whom he has not lost contact with. The call to ministry was acknowledged, and they spent twelve years in the mission field, mostly in the Orient, where they established churches in Hong Kong and Philippines. In 1993 they were relocated to Apple Valley where their mission was to establish a church. The Church VICTORY IN JESUS BIBLE FAITH CENTER was birthed in March, 1996, where it is still thriving. Willard was a pioneer in many areas. He was a great hunter, fisherman, and an avid golfer. He has touched many lives in his lifetime, and will be greatly missed. He leave behind to mourn his departure; Wife, Denotra Johnson; Daughters, Linda Rhinehardt of Moreno Valley, CA, Jacquelyn Stelly of San Bernardino, CA; Son, Tracy (Kim) Johnson, Grandchildren: Brian Johnson (Casey), Marcus Johnson (Ly) and Lisa Allen (Justin), ten Great-Grand children and a host of Church family and friends. He will be greatly missed as he was a part of so many lives. But we know that his is resting in the hands of the Lord Jesus Christ, no more suffering, Just joy in the presence of the Lord. Services celebrating the life of Pastor Willard JJ Johnson will be held on Saturday, June 7th at 11 A.M. at VICTORY IN JESUS BIBLE FAITH CENTER. For further information, call (760) 240-9111 or (951) 271 -0764.
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Published in the Daily Press on June 6, 2014