Doug Johnson passed away at age 78 on Jan. 22nd, 2013, while recovering from pneumonia.
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He was preceded in death by his wife, Pat Johnson; parents, Howard and Muriel Johnson; and his granddaughter, Sarah Bearden.
Doug is survived by his sister, Bobbi (Bill) Helton; son, Christopher (Benicia) Johnson; and daughter, Karyl (Richard) Bearden. He has four surviving grandchildren: Ashley, Jordan and James Bearden and Tanner Johnson.
A member and sometimes officer of Phi Delta Kappa, Doug is probably best known as an educator. He was a history and literature teacher in the late 60s and early 70s in Mission, Texas. From mid 70s through the mid 90s he was the Weslaco High School counselor and, in later years, the registrar. After he retired he also acted in plays with local theater groups and worked with Friends of the Library and traveled the world.
Many people, whom he considered close family, knew Doug as a parishioner, usher, choir member, and lay-reader at St. John's Episcopal Church in McAllen, Texas, for over 45 years.
Born in Miami, Fla., he graduated from Miami Edison Senior High School in 1952 and served in the Air Force from 1952 to 1956. While stationed at Jacksonville Air Force Base in Arkansas, he attended Arkansas State Teachers College where he met his wife of over 40 years, Pat Johnson. After graduating from ASTC in 1961 they moved to Florida where they began their teaching careers and pursued their master's degrees at Florida State University. In 1967 they planned a temporary move to Texas with intentions to return to Florida in a few years. Over 30 years later they both retired from Weslaco Independent School District and chose to never move out of the Valley.
A memorial service was held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26th, 2013, at St. John's Episcopal Church in McAllen, Texas, where he was inurned in their columbarium.
Arrangements were handled by Kreidler Funeral Home (956-686-0234) of McAllen.
Doug was very active in and contributed to a number of charities. It would very much be in his nature to welcome everyone to contribute to their favorite charity, cause, or church.
The family would like to extend our gratitude to his family, friends, neighbors, and church family for letting him know just how many people cared. He told us he was genuinely surprised and would choke up with emotion talking about the love and support shown by so many.
Published in The Log Cabin Democrat from Feb. 3 to Feb. 10, 2013