Charles "Paul" Johnson
July 20, 1927 - June 1, 2015
Charles "Paul" Johnson (1927-2015)
On June 1, 2015, after a short hospital visit for a broken hip, Charles "Paul" Johnson went to Heaven to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Although we are sad about his leaving us, we are rejoicing in his "Homegoing."
A fourth-generation Californian, Paul was 87 years old and was an Ivanhoe area farmer since 1960. He is predeceased by his parents Henry Laurence and Mary Grace Johnson of Oxnard, California, his brothers Larry and Raymond and sister Winifred. He is survived by Shirley, his wife of sixty-six years, his sister-in-law Mary Vivian Johnson, and a multitude of nieces and nephews, and even more friends.
In 2008, Paul was honored by the California Farm Bureau Federation for "Dedicated and Distinguished Service to the Farm Bureau and California Agriculture." He was also President of the Tulare Farm Bureau, and a Farm Bureau National Delegate.
Paul was born in Oxnard, California, where he managed the Johnson Family Ranch until the ranch was moved to Visalia in 1960. He attended grammar school in Port Hueneme, graduated from Oxnard High School in 1945, and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 1950. He also served aboard the Battleship Iowa from 1945 to 1946, enlisting right after high school.
A member of Visalia Methodist Church since 1960, he served on the building committee, and was a member of the Floyd Westbrook's Bible and Breakfast Club, S.A.M. (Senior Adult Ministries Bible Study Group), and the Thursday morning Men's Bible Study.
He was an active member of the Visalia Rotary Club,
Paul held office in local, state and national farm bureau organizations and made multiple trips overseas working with agricultural organizations, including a trip in 1971 to Pakistan under the auspices of the US State Department. He was also Chairman of the Walnut Commission.
He will be greatly missed by his family and his many friends for his gentle laugh and his commitment to Jesus. Our loss is truly Heaven's gain.
A memorial service will be held at Visalia Methodist Church, 5200 West Caldwell Avenue, Visalia CA 93277 on Saturday, June 13 at 11:00 A.M.
In lieu of flowers, please contribute to Visalia Methodist Church, 5200 West Caldwell Avenue, Visalia 93277, or to Tulare County Farm Bureau Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 748, Visalia 93279.
Arrangements by Miller Memorial Chapel
Published in Tulare Advance-Register & Visalia Times-Delta on Jun. 10, 2015.