George Burton Johnson
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George Burton Johnson January 2, 1933 - April 2, 2020 La Jolla George B. Johnson passed away peacefully at home on April 2, 2020, surrounded by family following a 21-year battle with prostate cancer.George was a proud husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, a successful businessman, and an accomplished artist. While putting himself through the University of Minnesota's work-study program in Mechanical Engineering and The Harvard Business School, George worked for Honeywell, where he returned upon graduation. In 1968, he joined Battelle Memorial Institute, where he headed up the Washington, D.C. office and became Vice President of Business Development. During his tenure at Battelle, he met Mary Ann Montgomery, who became his wife of 40 years. When he retired from Battelle, George moved to La Jolla (1995) and founded Strategic Marketing Associates, in which he oversaw many of the country's major procurements in the Departments of Defense and Energy.The happiest and most personally rewarding time of George's life started almost 13 years ago when he completed a recovery program and became actively involved in La Jolla Presbyterian Church as Deacon moderator. He continued serving others through The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center and the Prostate Cancer Support Group leadership team. He also found great joy mentoring men transitioning from prison and helping them assist others. George's hard-won personal lessons enabled him to be an empathetic source of wisdom to those he counseled. He grew in love and acceptance with each interaction and was grateful for the chance to be of service.He is survived by his wife, Mary Montgomery Johnson, children Gregory Raymond (Simoni) Johnson, Elizabeth (Christian) Rebufat, and Jessica (Tom) Montes, a brother Robert DeHavilland, six grandchildren (Laurent, Frederic, Alex, Max, Sophie, and Emily) as well as two great-grandchildren (Brandon and Sebastien). He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Verner Paul Johnson and Elenora Johnson Favre.A Celebration of Life will be held at La Jolla Presbyterian Church at a later date.

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Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on May 17, 2020.
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May 23, 2020
George was a dear friend and an amazing artist. He loved to share his work and to have you share yours. Family was of utmost importance to him. He was loved and will be in our hearts forever. Love, Lee
Lee Katz
May 22, 2020
Sending sympathy to Mary and famiy on the passing of her talented husband. I am pleased to read that his church membership was so meaningful to him
deacon bonne wilson
May 20, 2020
Dear Mary: So sorry to read of the passing of George. He lead a most remarkable life professionally and personally. Hope you are staying safe and sound in these challenging times. XOX
Robyn Bottomley
May 18, 2020
I knew George for years. He was a fine gentleman, and I'm saddened by his passing. My deepest sympathies to his widow, Mary.
Vincent Andrunas
May 15, 2020
One of the kindest, nicest people I ever met.
William White
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