James M. (Jim) Johnson
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James (Jim) M. Johnson Jim Johnson born June 5, 1934 in Yankton So Dakota passed March 24, 2021 as the result of a fall in his home in Palm Desert, CA. The son of William and Nadine Johnson, he was married to his wife Sandy Johnson for 65 years. They resided in Hacienda Heights for 52 years and the last 9 in Palm Desert. Jim graduated from Torrance High School in 1952 where he was student body president and captain of the football team. He graduated UCLA, B.S., member of Beta Theta Pi and Kelps spirit org., wrestled and played rugby. He continued his graduate studies at USC with a Masters Education and teaching, counseling and administrative credentials. While Jim taught at Serra Boy's Catholic H.S, Gardena, Pioneer and MonteVista Highs in Whittier, the majority of his career was in Temple City USD. He started as Asst. Principal of Guidance at TCHS and then Principal of South High and ultimately Principal of Temple City High. The last 13 years were spent in the district office as Directors of Classified Personnel and Child Welfare and Attendance. Jim loved his work in the Temple City community and felt privileged to lead an amazing Temple City HS teaching and classified staff. He was surrounded by excellence in every department. It was a golden time and a close school family that continues to this day. Jim was out on the campus with students and in the classrooms every possible day. He spent long hours before and after school on paperwork so he could lead in a personal way. With his secretary Phyllis Cichon and her wry sense of humor as co pilot there was never a dull day! He had a strong sense of fairness whether dealing with a troubled teen or a star athlete. Jim loved his family, friends, Solana beach, Santa Anita Racetrack, Del Mar, reading, crosswords, cribbage, pinocchle, video poker at Augustine Casino, all sports, old movies, and the many trips over 40 years to Rosarita Beach, Mexico with Whittier teaching pals. Jim was known for his mischievous teasing. Well known. He was a devoted PaPa to grandchildren Annie, Bryce, Leah, Madison and Austin. Father to daughter Janet (Raul) Betancourt, sons Jamie (Cherie), Jeffrey (Brian Peterson).

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Published in Pasadena Star-News on Apr. 22, 2021.
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May 28, 2021
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Bill Donner
April 23, 2021
Dear Sandy,

I saw Jim's obituary in the newspaper this morning. I am so sorry for your loss. I know how important and close you two were. Jim, you, and your entire family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Take Care! John Eckman
John Eckman
April 22, 2021
A man you would want to know, a man you would admire, and a man of sterling character who was a wonderful human being. Sandy and Gigi raised a family with the same characteristics and that makes us have a better world!
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