Johnny Fred Harlin

6 September, 19331 October, 2020

Johnny Fred Harlin (PJ), went to be with the Lord on October 1, 2020. He was 87 years old and passed away peacefully surrounded by his sons. Johnny lived a very full life that could have only been replicated in a movie. He was born on September 6, 1933, to Nancy McDaniel Harlin and Arthur Harlin in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Johnny enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in July 1950 and had a very successful military career traveling the world on various deployments. In June 1951, he served in the Korean War and was responsible for moving supplies by train from China to Osan Air Base. Johnny was also stationed at various locations to include; Japan, Spain, Germany, Greenland, and Vietnam. Due to his service in the Vietnam War, he was awarded the Bronze Star in November 1971 for his meritorious service while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict. After 27 years in the U.S. Air Force, he retired as a Chief Master Sargent. He then entered the private sector working for Dynalectron Corporation (DynCorp) for over twenty years as the Head of Procurement. He continued his worldly travels in the private sector that included assignments to; Iraq, Afghanistan, U.A.E., Oman, Jordan, Columbia, and other various countries.

Johnny was an avid Dallas Cowboys and Oklahoma Sooners fan. He enjoyed watching and playing golf, attending horse races, fishing with his sons, dancing, and playing the Texas Lottery on a weekly basis. He loved spending time with and spoiling his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Patricia Marie Harlin mother of the boys, Glendora “Glen” Harlin mother of the daughters, parents Nancy and Arthur Harlin, brothers Billy (Bill) Harlin and Red Harlin, and sisters Jessie Harlin and Gladys Eggleston, brother in law Edgar Dibler.

He is survived by his Daughters, Diana Campos, Nancy Black, and Mary Farley; His sons, Billy Harlin (Shanna Harlin), Jimmy Harlin, Gene Harlin (Katie Harlin), His sisters; Anna Margaret Dibler, Emma Chapman, His grandchildren, Kamryn Harlin, Kallie Harlin, Cooper Harlin, Chad Campos, Kimberly Campos, Tracey Campos, Stephanie Campos, Chris Black, Shawn Black, Matt Black, Jeremy Farley, Sarah Farley, many great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

A graveside service will be held on October 6, 2020, at 10:00 am at the Dallas–Fort Worth National Cemetery for family members only. We invite everyone to join us in Celebrating Johnny’s life immediately following at the family’s home at 2:00 pm, if you would like to attend, please reach out to the family.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers that a donation be made to The American Cancer Society in Johnny’s name.

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Jimmie Blackwood

7 October 2020

Johnny was a very special person who always had a smile , cookies in his desk, and ready to share his knowledge and help to all who sought him out. While we did not see each other in the last few years, I have very fond memories of him. I forgot the name of the restaurant/bar on Eagle Mountain Lake, but we would frequently stop after work and have a drink before heading home.
He has left a lasting legacy with three great sons, Billy, Jimmy and Gene. Billy and Gene have carried on his legacy with DynCorp International.
Billy, I have often thought of you Dad and I know he was extremely proud of you. He will be missed. May God Bless you and the family.

Tiffany Perkins

5 October 2020

Johnny's sense of humor was like no other. He was one of a kind and will be dearly missed.

Timothy Schmidt

5 October 2020

To the Harlin Family:

The Schmidt Family sends our prayers - Being Native American I would like to share a proverb from a Cherokee Chief -

"Listen to the wind, it talks.
Listen to the silence, it speaks.
Hear your heart beat, it knows"

I'm so Sorry for your loss,

Timothy Schmidt
DynCorp International

Mary Farley

4 October 2020

You will be missed, we enjoyed our time together.
Love your girls
Diana, Mary and Nancy

Sarah Farley

4 October 2020

Thank you for some good memories! You will be missed. Love Sarah Lee

Jason Champagne

3 October 2020

Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer. May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. Please accept my sincere condolences.

Tim Crawley

3 October 2020

Elizabeth and I want to offer our deepest condolences. We will always remember Johnny and his infectious smile, kind heart and continual encouragement during our many years together at DynCorp. Johnny was one of kind ... great great guy!

God Bless and R.I.P.

Tim & Elizabeth Crawley


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