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Taryn Lisa Johnson


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Taryn Lisa Johnson Obituary
November 22, 1958 - December 18, 2016 Taryn Lisa Johnson, our beloved "Anya," which was her family nickname, passed away on December 18, 2016 at her home in Playa del Rey, California after a long illness. Her mother and family members were at her side at the time of her passing. She was 58 years old. Taryn was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on November 22, 1958 to Genita and Richard Johnson. She attended St. Thomas Elementary School and Ladywood High School prior to matriculating at Purdue University from which she graduated in 1981 with a degree in Industrial Engineering and Management. Subsequently, she received a Master's degree in Safety Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1991. Taryn was an independent soul with great determination and imagination who lived life with consummate passion. After graduating from Purdue, she was employed by Digital Equipment Corporation in Boston before moving to California in 1984, after which she worked at Avicom International, Garrett Air Research Manufacturing, TRW, United States Air Force/Space Division, Vollmer-Gray Engineering Laboratories. In 1999, she established her own engineering consulting firm, New World Engineering, of which she became president. Her company specialized in safety and engineering analysis; construction safety; slip/trip and fall analysis; human factors analysis; occupational safety; illumination requirements; playground equipment and playground design; and building code compliance. Taryn's professional affiliations included the American Institute of Industrial Engineers; the American Society of Safety Engineers; and the Human Factors Society. She had many hobbies, and traveling all over the world was her big love. She was an accomplished triathlete, medaling in several events in Indianapolis, Hawaii, and California. She also loved swimming, hiking, biking, and Yoga. One of her most self-satisfying activities was rescuing dogs, especially Dachshunds. Her collection of Dachshund memorabilia is arguably one of the largest in the world. She has left her beloved dogs Mimi and Moki to Anthony, a dear friend and fellow dog lover. Taryn is survived by a host of family members and friends including her mother, Genita Evangelista Johnson of Marina del Rey, California; brother Kevin Richard Johnson of Chatsworth, CA; aunt Betty Walker, Chantilly, Virginia; nieces Shiloh Tyler, Rachel Pittman, Taryn Ann Johnson, Lauren Johnson, and Gabrielle Johnson, grand-niece Adrieann Pittman, and grand-nephew Walter A. Pittman, IV. We will all celebrate her life with a ceremony of scattering her ashes in the ocean at St. Maarten, where a host of family and friends will join us.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 27, 2016 to Jan. 1, 2017
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