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Erick Albin Johnson Jr.
Sept. 5, 1936-Nov. 8, 2012
Erick Albin Johnson Jr., 76, civic leader, business owner, and loving family man, passed away Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 in Farmington.
Erick was born in Colorado Springs, Colo. on Sept. 5, 1936. His family moved to Farmington in 1943. Erick graduated from Farmington High School in 1954 where, he played football was a member of the State Football Championship Team in 1952. After attending the University of Colorado, Erick returned to Farmington and began working at the family business, G and J Hardware, Inc. From 1959-1965, he was active as a member of the Army Reserves.
Erick eventually took over G and J Hardware and ran the business until he sold it in 1986. Erick also founded and ran two other successful local businesses. In 1973, Erick founded KARE Drug Stores and opened the first store in Farmington. Additional stores were later opened in Aztec, Bloomfield and Los Alamos. Today, KARE still operates stores in Aztec and Bloomfield.
In 1986, Erick founded G and J Landscape Contractors, which he built into one of the largest landscape companies in the Four Corners area. At the time of his death, Erick was still actively operating the business.
Erick was also an active civic leader, a responsibility he leaned from his father. Erick was appointed to the Planning and Zoning Commission in 1970 and served for two years. Erick was elected and served on the Farmington City Council from 1972-1976 and then again from 1978-1982. While serving on the City Council, he was instrumental in brining the Four Corners Regional Airport to Farmington. Erick was also a member of the Elks Lodge and the Knights of Columbus.
He was preceded in death by his son, Erick Albin Johnson, III in 2005, and parents, Erick Sr. and Clara Johnson.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Joy Naomi Johnson, of Farmington, his son Victor, daughter-in-law Carolyn, and granddaughter Annaliese Joan, all of Dallas, Texas. He is also survived by his brother, Jimmy Johnson and sister Margie Peterson.
A grave side service will be 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, at Memory Gardens Cemetery, 6917 East Main St., Farmington with Father Tim Farrell conducting.
Full military honors will be provided by VFW Post #2182 of Farmington.
Pallbearers are Roger Murray, Jack Sona, Darrell Lee, Steven Lee, Bill Sutton, Tim Peterson, Jared Johnson and Geoff Harper.
Honorary pallbearers are Ben Heikkinen, Raymond Gabehart, Ed Armstrong, Bob Culpepper, Scott Bird, Sherman Singleton, Danny Carpenter, Jimmy Drake (Dec.), Lloyd Husted, Donny Pigford, Bill Hall, Morris Wilson, Dan Alden, Jake Graham, Janson Graham, Leon Crabb, Donnie Phelps, Van Lipps, Scott Graham, Jerry Battey, Jerry Peterson, Ron Emrich, TC Shaffer, Danny Green, Mike Murray, Francisco Gutierrez, Ignacio Reyes, Jesus Reyes, Joel Mercado, Manuel Mercado, Danny Gutierrez, Ricardo Gutierrez and Chico Gutierrez
Erick's care is entrusted to Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home, 103 E. Ute St. in Farmington, 505-325-8688.
Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.serenityandcompany.com.
Published in Farmington Daily Times from Nov. 9 to Nov. 17, 2012
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