Sue Clark-Johnson
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1948 - 2015

Sue Clark-Johnson, a former publisher of The Arizona Republic and, died January 28th in Scottsdale. Known as a visionary, motivator, consensus builder and consummate multitasker, Clark-Johnson started as a reporter at a small newspaper in upstate New York. Her career spanned more than 40 years and culminated in her being named the first female head of the newspaper division of Gannett. After retiring in 2008, Clark-Johnson returned to Arizona with her husband, Brooks Johnson, where she remained active on community issues.

A visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on February 4th at the Messinger Mortuary at 7601 E. Indian School Road. Sue would have turned 68 on February 21st. She loved people and parties. A community Birthday Party celebration will be held on February 21st at the Herberger Theater at 10 a.m. In place of flowers, the family has requested that people interested in making donations do so to one of Clark-Johnson's favorite nonprofits - Fresh Start Women's Foundation, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Hospice of the Valley or Lake Tahoe Summerfest.

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Published in The Arizona Republic from Feb. 2 to Feb. 4, 2015.
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6 entries
October 15, 2017
she was my half-sister, i always enjoyed her visits; such a brilliant mind..
annie avery
February 27, 2015
from a brother to a sister....
John & Judy Schurmacher
February 5, 2015
Sue was one of the most beautiful people I have ever known. She was my leader, my mentor, my friend. Heaven is very lucky to have her!
Leslie Giallombardo
February 4, 2015
Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your loved one may God give you strength and comfort during this difficult time Ps 46 : 1
February 3, 2015

To Family,Colleagues and Friends

I had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Clark-Johnson several years ago about the time she became the head of the AZ Republic.

She was a dedicated individual caring more about others than herself and her accomplishments to others withing our AZ community shall be long remembered.

May you rest in Peace Dear Lady for your work here on earth is complete and until we meet up yonder.


Phoenix,AZ November 1955-present
L Hiram(Larry) Adams
February 3, 2015
It can be so hard to face the first year without your loved one, but the love of family and friends can carry you through.
G. W.
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