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John Johnson
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John Harlin Johnson, 66, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013.

He was born Sept. 14, 1946, in Jinx, Oklahoma.

He called California his home, moving here with his family as a youth. He served in the Army in his early years, three years of active service and an additional three years in the reserves. He worked at Morton Paint Company in Stockton, where he retired after 20 years, then relocating to the Camino/Placerville area where he owned and operated a trucking company for several years. Upon returning to the Manteca area he worked for Sierra Chemical, where he retired after approximately 20 years of service.

Known to many as 'Johnny,' he was an avid softball player much of his life, and enjoyed fishing and watching motor sports in his spare time. Above everything else in life, he loved and enjoyed spending time with his family and was a very proud father, grandfather and loving husband. He never missed a softball or football game of his daughter's or his grandchildren. Rain or shine, they could always count on "PaPa" being in the stands. Johnny was always there to lend a hand if a family or friend needed help.

Survivors include his loving wife of 45 years, Ila Johnson; his daughter, Ann Rochelle "Shelly" Moore; two grandchildren, Lacey Ann and John-Therrin Agbulos, all of Manteca; and his sister, Joyce Bradley of Escalon. He also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives in the area.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Harlin and Ruth Johnson; his brother, Leon Johnson; and his beloved son, Therrin Johnson. Johnny will be greatly missed and always remembered as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend and veteran.

Viewing was Monday at Deegan Funeral Chapel, Escalon, with a graveside memorial service Tuesday at Burwood Cemetery, Escalon.

Condolences to the family can be made by visiting their website at

The Escalon (Calif.) Times

Jan. 30, 2013