Dennis Lee Johnson was born on May 2, 1956 in Wiesbaden, Germany to Elsie and John Johnson. After a courageous fight with cancer, on the Fourth of July, 2012, Dennis passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. Dennis always had a smile on his face and kept his family and friends laughing until the end.
Dennis is preceded in death by his grandmother Jessie Silva of Houston, TX. Jessie owned and operated Jessie's Café on the Ship Channel, where Dennis spent many memorable summers.
Dennis is survived by his wife Emily Brady Johnson, son and daughter-in-law Chad and Liesl Johnson of Pearland, TX, and son Ryan Johnson of Houston, TX. Dennis's pride in his sons was readily apparent to all who spoke to him. He is also survived by parents John and Elsie Johnson of Clear Lake City, TX, brother and sister-in-law David and Debra, brother Dan of Houston, TX, nephew Jonathan and his wife Michelle, and nieces Kerrie and Elizabeth, all of Plano, TX.
Dennis was a member of the second graduating class of Clear Lake High School and took pride in his school district, where he was active in many philanthropic organizations. He served on the Clear Creek Education Foundation and on committees for numerous issues, from school boundaries to inspections of schools and appropriation of funds in immediate need areas. He was a Distinguished Alumnus in 2003 of the Clear Creek Education Foundation. He has served as an advisory board member of Assistance League of the Bay Area and was a life member of the Texas PTA. Dennis was the 2007 Lunar Rendezvous King and was on the Advisory Lunar Rendezvous Board.
For ten years, Dennis coached YMCA basketball and Little League baseball. But coaching from the stands was always his specialty. He also loved gambling; spending time in Biloxi, Mississippi; and eating at Mary Mahoney's.
During the last three years of his life, Dennis taught business classes at San Jacinto Community College, where he loved lecturing and was adored by his students. But he will be most remembered as the owner and operator for sixteen years of the first DoubleDave's Pizzaworks franchise. He loved all the young people who came through the front door. Many an employee will remember his acts of far-reaching generosity, from renting them an apartment to bailing them out of jail.
Dennis was a member of Clear Lake United Methodist Church from 1970, where he served as president of the Methodist Youth Fellowship for several years. His involvement in the church gave rise to many friendships. In 1972, Dennis was introduced to his wife Emily by his mother Elsie, and they were married by Brother Buddy Miller in 1979.
Dennis was always steadfast in giving back to the community that he was such a part of, and even in death, this is his request. He has asked that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made out to the Dennis Johnson Memorial Fund and sent to Texas Citizens Bank, c/o Mike Cornett, 14020 Highway 3, Suite 100, Houston, TX 77098. The funds will be split and distributed to the Assistance League of the Bay Area and the Clear Creek Education Foundation.
A celebration of his life will be held at Bay Oaks Country Club on July 10th at 3:30. All are welcome.