June 11, 1946 - April 29, 2016
James Alan Johnson, age 69, of Plano, Texas, passed away on April 29th 2016 peacefully at his home with his loving wife, Diane, by his side. Jim fought a long, courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease but never lost his kind, loving and generous spirit, and he lived every day with grace and love for everyone around him. He took great comfort and strength from His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Jim was born on June 11th 1946 in Seattle, Washington to Oliver and Doris Johnson and grew up in Pullman, Washington. He graduated from Washington State University with a degree in mechanical engineering. During college he joined the U.S. Army ROTC and served as 1st Lieutenant during his two years of active duty. He had a long, successful career at Vinson Process Controls as Vice President of Business Development and later retired from Principal Technology Engineering, Inc. He married the love of his life, Diane, on June 20th 1998. His greatest joy was being with Diane and all their family gatherings with their children and grandchildren. Jim and his son, “Jimmy”, were best friends and shared many years of snow skiing, hiking, enjoying the outdoors, and just hanging out together.
James Alan Johnson is preceded in death by his parents, Oliver and Doris Johnson, and his son, Scott Johnson. He is survived by his devoted wife, Diane Johnson, his son, Jim Johnson and wife Rachel, his step-daughters, Kelly Labatt, Kirsten Rademacher, Kimberly Hale and husband Doug, and Carrie Johnson, his grandchildren, James, Remi, Jenna, Jessica, Kayla, Brittany, Sydney, Cole, Matthew, Brandon, Kaitlyn, and Jacob, his sister, Jeri Lutz and husband Barry, his brother, Richard Johnson and wife Beverly, as well as extended family and cherished friends.
Jim was a member of Roaring Lambs Bible study for many years.
The family would like to thank Kenneth Godsey, M.D., of Plano, Texas for his compassionate and continuous care and the support he gave Jim’s family.
Jim was a rock of integrity and dedication, a man who never lost his principals. Everyone would say he is the nicest man they ever met. Heaven is a better place because he is there but Earth lost one of its best. Jim’s kind heart and loving smile will be missed by all who knew him.
A celebration of Jim’s life will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, May 19th 2016 in the Faith Chapel at Prestonwood Baptist Church 6801 W. Park Blvd, Plano, Texas 75093.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s name to the National Parkinson’s Foundation would be deeply appreciated.
Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252