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Ronald Solon Johnson


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Ronald Solon Johnson Obituary
March 3, 1934 - March 12, 2016 There were no more miracles left. Ronald Solon Johnson, born on March 3, 1934 in Roanoke, VA, died on March 12, 2016 at home in Indian Wells, CA. He was predeceased by his parents William Otis and Hilda Maude (Sink) Johnson and his older brother Walter Clifford Johnson. While attending Andrew Lewis High School, he was on the football and track teams and won the state championship as discus thrower. Ron went on to graduate from Virginia Polytechnic Institute (now known as Virginia Tech) in 1958 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. In 1959, after completing Naval Officer Training School in Newport, RI he was assigned to the USS Cassin Young DD-793 and rose to the rank of LTJG. After his ship was decommissioned in April 1960, Ron transferred to the Naval Base in Key West, FL as an Anti-Submarine Warfare instructor. Ron was honorably discharged in 1962 and moved to Los Angeles with his wife, Valerie (Cavanagh) and their first-born child. From 1962 to 1973, he worked in sales for Shell Oil Co., Singer Co., and Computer Design Corp. In 1970, he earned his M.B.A. from Univ. of So. Calif. He spent three years as a partner with Korn/Ferry, an international executive search firm and in 1976, he opened his own senior level recruiting firm in Brentwood, CA. He was well respected in his field and had a real talent for identifying and placing people. He was always athletic; enjoying marathon running, tennis, skiing and golf. Ron was a member of numerous clubs and also managed to get invited to every new restaurant opening on the Westside. The only thing Ron loved more than working was travelling with his wife, Lynn Elizabeth Van Buskirk. Ron and Lynn met on a blind date and were married Valentine's Day 1994 on the Big Island, HI. They lived in Santa Monica until 2003 when they moved to Indian Wells. In their blessed 22 years of marriage, they travelled all over the world and in 2014, were acknowledged by the NPTC for visiting all 401 of the National Parks. Ron is survived by his adoring and heartbroken wife, Lynn, and his three children of whom he was very proud: Ronald Solon Johnson II of Tucson, AZ; Lisa Curran Koenig (Derek) of Bethesda, MD and Thomas Cavanagh Johnson of Phoenix, AZ plus two wonderful grandchildren: William and Laine. In addition, he was blessed with a large extended family, all of whom he loved very much. Ron never let his health issues stop him from enjoying life. We wish to thank our team from Family Hospice Palm Springs for their amazing help in his final months. Donations to Parkinson's Resource Organization (501-c-3) 74-090 El Paseo, Ste 104, Palm Desert, CA 92260 in Ron's memory would be greatly appreciated. The Columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery, VA will be his final resting place with a Celebration of Life to follow back East. His was a life well lived.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Apr. 10, 2016
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