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1940 Thomas 2020

Thomas Johnson

September 1, 1940 — December 18, 2020

Thomas Kae Johnson, 80, of Thatcher, passed away on Friday, December 18, 2020, in Scottsdale, AZ. Thomas was born on September 1, 1940, in Lake Park, Iowa to Cecil & Lorraine Johnson, with siblings DeVere, Alan, Janice, Jil, and Andrew. Thomas went to school in Round Lake, Minnesota and graduated in 1958. Thomas served in the Minnesota National Guard. Thomas married the love of his life, Becky on November 21, 1992. Together they shared a nicely blended family, Lonnie, Tim, Terry, Shannon (also known to everyone as "Sis"). Thomas enjoyed golfing, fishing, railing, traveling and always looked forward to a good game of cards. He also enjoyed playing tricks on his wife, Becky and loved giving twinkies to his granddaughter Kendyl. He was a very kind and generous man, and a hard worker. Thomas was very active and extremely committed to his community. He also belonged to the National Automobile Dealer Association for 9 years, where he was named the "Time Dealer of the Year'' in 2015. He belonged to the Arizona Automobile Dealer Association for 43 years, was the Past President of Graham County Chamber of Commerce, and was the Vice Chair 2020 for Mount Graham Regional Medical Center District Governing Board. Tom served from 1990 until his passing. He was a long-standing member of the Safford Elks Club, a member of the American Legion, and a past member of the Safford Rotary and Safford Lion's Clubs. He generously gave and supported the Shriners Hospitals for Children and the Graham County Fair. Thomas is survived by his loving wife Becky Johnson, his children, Tim, Terry and "Sis", his siblings, Alan (Fran) Johnson of Colorado, Janice Lennon of Iowa, Jil (Bruce) Clarkson of Minnesota and Andrew (Monica) Johnson of Wisconsin, 10 Grandchildren and 16 Great Grandchildren. Thomas is preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Lorraine Johnson, his sibling DeVere (Kaye) Johnson, his daughter Johnna Johnson and his son Lonnie Johnson (who passed just 5 days after Thomas died). A public viewing will be held at McDougal Caldwell Funeral Chapel on Tuesday January 5, 2021 beginning at 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm. Funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at Safford Cemetery. A live stream will be available for those who cannot attend on McDougal's Caldwell Funeral Chapel Facebook Page. Interment will follow in the Safford Municipal Cemetery II. The Johnson Family respectively requests masks be worn at all times and social distancing be acknowledged. We thank you in advance for your consideration in assisting us with this request.
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