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Gary Dee Johnson


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Gary Dee Johnson Obituary
June 9, 1939 - October 17, 2017 Gary Dee Johnson, 78, passed away quietly in his sleep, October 17, 2017 with his devoted wife by his side at his home in Newport Beach, CA. He was born June 9, 1939 in Picher, Oklahoma to Roy Davis Johnson and Marcell Imogene Smith Johnson. The family moved to the Westchester area of Los Angeles, CA in the 1940's where Gary distinguished himself as an athlete at Westchester High School. He received All Marine League Honors as quarterback on the football team and All Marine League Honors as shortstop on their baseball team. Gary signed a contract to play minor league baseball with the Chicago Cubs in 1959 and played for four years. After leaving baseball, he attended UCLA graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1964. Upon graduation, Gary began working for Arthur Young & Co., an international accounting firm, in their Los Angeles Office. Throughout his 30-year career with the firm, he travelled extensively in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. Upon retirement in 1994 he had served as the Managing Partner of the San Diego and Orange County Offices of the firm. He was actively engaged in many professional societies and organizations including serving as Vice President and Director of the California Society of CPA's, President of the Long Beach-Orange County Chapter of CPA's, Chairman of the Board of Untied Way of Orange County and was instrumental in establishing the Orange County Community Foundation, where he served as Director and First Governor. Gary married his high school sweetheart, Kasia Spilos, January 28, 1961 in San Gabriel, California. They have two sons, Gregory David and Glenn Douglas. His joy was exceeded by the birth of three grandsons, Graham, Grant and Charles. It is impossible to overstate how much love and pride he had in his family. An avid sports fan, he indulged his life-long love of baseball attending Angel games, visiting baseball stadiums across the country and for many years, going to Spring Training in Arizona with his sons and grandsons. He enjoyed attending church at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, running daily, playing golf at Santa Ana Country Club, and vacationing in Hawaii, where he engaged in many a competitive round of golf with his two sons. During the early years of his retirement, he and Kasia loved venturing out on road trips across America while also researching family genealogy. He leaves to mourn his wife of 56 years Kasia Spilos Johnson, sons Greg (Jennifer),Glenn (Kirsten), grandsons Graham, Grant and Charles "Chad", sister Betti Su Lightner and brother-in-law Tom Spilos. The family wishes to express its most grateful appreciation to caretakers Lito and Rene, and the staff at Salus Hospice. In lieu of flowers if so inclined donations to St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Gary's name would be appreciated. The address is 600 St. Andrews Road, Newport Beach, CA 92663. For further information please contact Pacific View Memorial Park and Mortuary, 949-644-2700.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 21 to Oct. 25, 2017
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