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Dana Francis Johnson

May 17, 2020

DANA FRANCIS JOHNSON was born in Bismarck, North Dakota, in 1925, the sixth child of the late Rev. Luther Ray and Martha Effie (Warford) Johnson. He died on May 17, 2020, at The Newton Presbyterian Manor where he has been a resident since 2007. He received his public education in Kansas and graduated from Liberty Memorial High School in Lawrence in June, 1943, and was immediately drafted into the United States Army Air Corps (later Air Force), serving in the Pacific Theater. He was separated in December, 1945, entered the University of Kansas and completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1950. He did advanced studies at the Institute of Design in Chicago, and in April, 1952, married Mary Elizabeth Herriott of Lawrence. She died on April 13, 1982, in Greeley, Colorado. In 1957, he was awarded the Doctor of Education degree by the University of Kansas. He taught art-related courses in colleges and universities in Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado, and retired in 1986 from the University of Northern Colorado. In retirement, he lived for a time in the Colorado Rockies, then moved to Newton in October, 1992, where he has since lived. He was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church. He is survived by a son, Steven Johnson, of Newton, and a granddaughter, Amy Johnson, of New Jersey, and numerous nephews and nieces.

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5 thoughts on “Dana Francis Johnson

  1. Uncle Dana was a wonderful host to our family when we relocated to Colorado from Kansas. Hiking, staying at his wonderful home looking at and exploring the Collegiate Peaks. We will miss him a great deal.

  2. Uncle Dana was the happiest most generous uncle. He will be missed. I didn’t even know he passed until my sister asked me to check. Makes me sad I didn’t know!

  3. DANA,
    YOU, have always made me laugh, U know I’m simple so I’m gonna keep it .THANK YOU FOR THE FAMILY TREE BOOK, and THANK YOU FOR JUST BEING U!!

  4. I never had the pleasure of meeting him, but we became friends across the miles when I learned he had roots at Mt. Harmony Baptist Church here in Knoxville, Tennessee, where his father and ancestors once lived. He was so kind and gracious to share his father’s memoirs to help me with the church history. We connected, too, because I teach art as well. My heart is sad today to learn of his passing, but I do know that his was a life well lived. Blessings!

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