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Heights Funeral Home

1317 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

Paul G. Johnson

July 3, 1948February 9, 2020
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Paul G Johnson was born in Houston, Texas on July 3, 1948. A lifelong Houstonian, he graduated from Reagan High School. Paul obtained both a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Houston while serving in the United States Air Force. Paul was a distinguished engineer and worked out of Houston his entire life. He completed projects all over the world in cities across the United States, Japan, Aruba, Canada and Mexico. Paul met his wife Nancy in 1970 at a motorcycle event and married in Houston in 1972. He has two children, Brad Johnson and Haley Raffaeli; and four grandchildren, Lilly, Wes and Sam Johnson and Calvin Raffaeli. Paul was a passionate world traveler and enjoyed traveling with the Texas art crowd attending openings of friends and family. One of the most significant trips, Paul travelled to Peru in 1982 with his wife Nancy, her brother Richard, and their friends Gus and Sharon Kopriva where they hiked the Inca trail to Machu Picchu. They then traveled on to Nazca where they were taken to an archeological site. On that life changing trip to Peru, the group of intrepid explorers wrote a parody of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven entitled The Condor included below. Paul would return to Peru multiple times seeing more sites around the country. Paul also spent time living in Mexico City where he was able to explore the local sites and history. His travels brought him to Europe as well, visiting Iceland, Germany, Paris, Greece, Turkey, and Macedonia. His adventures took him to all corners of the globe where he loved learning about the country’s customs and people. Moreover, Paul was enormously active in the Houston Art Community volunteering at the Orange Show and for the Art Car Parade. Paul was a great collector of art with not an empty inch of wall space available. He enjoyed attending openings for upcoming local artists with his beloved friends and travelling for openings of his “non-starving” artist friends. An avid surfer, Paul spent his weekends camping on the beach in the 60s and shared his love of the water with his children, teaching them to surf at young ages. He surfed the Gulf Coast, West Coast, and the north coast of Peru where he celebrated his 60th birthday. Paul passed away Sunday night from complications after major surgery. He touched so many lives and will always be remembered for his wonderful stories and mustachioed smile.

The Condor Once upon a Mid-June journey While I plodded weak and dirty O’er a path of ancient Inca lore.

While I stumbled nearly falling Suddenly I heard a calling A calling from the Inca door.

As I fell across the portal I heard this sad and mournful chortle T’was the condor on the door.

Perched upon the Bust of Bingham I thought that surely I could wing him But I was blinded by the dust of llamanure.

Ask I of this winged creature Will I ever reach Machu Piccher Quote the condor, Nevermore.

  • FAMILY

  • Nancy Johnson, Wife
  • Haley Raffaeli (Michael), Daughter
  • Brad Johnson (Elizabeth), Son
  • Ted Johnson (Jodi), Brother
  • Lilly Johnson, Granddaughter
  • Wes Johnson, Grandson
  • Sam Johnson, Grandson
  • Calvin Raffaeli, Grandson

Services

  • Celebration of Life Memorial Service Friday, February 14, 2020

Memories

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Paul and Weihong Kronfield

February 14, 2020

Paul, you will be terrible missed for your kind soul, witty smile and your loving kindness to us as soon as we joined the S&B crowd since late 1999.
May you Rest In Peace🙏🙏🙏

Linda Clarke

February 14, 2020

Our favorite memories of Paul will always be our arrival at Sharon and Gus’ home in Inwood
for gourmet supper club in the 80’s to be met by
Paul dressed as a valet to park our car! The shock was hilarious!!! ... and, of course, your dress as a server made our night! Bringing Commander Mark to your house in Katy...
We are thankful to have known Paul. His kind and warm spirit. His many acts of kindness and love!
Most of all, I will remember how after James massive stroke leaving many deficits, Paul sat with him and treated him as that guy from the 80’s!! We love you Nancy! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family... know we are there for you!

James and Linda Clarke

Sharon Lukish

February 12, 2020

Paul and Nancy at my mother's 90th birthday celebration less than a year ago. Thanks for the memories, Paul. You will be missed!

Misty White

February 12, 2020

He tried his best to teach me and my brother how to surf. :) My brother found more of a love for the ocean thanks to Paul. I remember his kindness, patience, and love of life! We remember the way that people affect us and he will always be cherished.

Karen, Cameron, Parker and Drew Rezai

February 12, 2020

Paul had the greatest ability to make “newcomers” to the arts gang feel so welcomed. Whether it was a first-time visitor to a Redbud opening, a tour guide taking our group around a world heritage site, or a bartender in Macedonia, Paul welcomed them to the group by graciously sharing his knowledge and personal experiences, while making appropriate introductions and connections for the “newbie.”

Paul’s love and pride in Nancy, Brad, Haley and their families, was always apparent!

The Rezai Family will deeply miss Paul.

SALLIE DIEDERICH

February 11, 2020

There are so many wonderful memories of times with Paul. Right now just remembering the warmth of his smile.

Sharon & Mike White

February 11, 2020

Paul, you will be missed but never forgotten. We always enjoyed having the Christmas get togethers. Peace be with you.

Elisa Rochford

February 11, 2020

I am thankful for our friendship, travels with you and Nancy, you teaching me Mahjong and so much more. I will toast you with a glass of Blanton’s, and I will miss you.

Gayle and Michael Collins

February 11, 2020

Art times at Redbud Gallery will be different without you Paul.
But we WILL feel your presence travelling on future art adventures wherever the world takes us with Nancy.
Mahjong on Paul!
(Greece 2018)

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Biography

Paul G Johnson was born in Houston, Texas on July 3, 1948. A lifelong Houstonian, he graduated from Reagan High School. Paul obtained both a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Houston while serving in the United States Air Force.
Paul was a distinguished engineer and worked out of Houston his entire life. He completed projects all over the world in cities across the United States, Japan, Aruba, Canada and Mexico.
Paul met his wife Nancy in 1970 at a motorcycle event and married in Houston in 1972. He has two children, Brad Johnson and Haley Raffaeli; and four grandchildren, Lilly, Wes and Sam Johnson and Calvin Raffaeli.
Paul was a passionate world traveler and enjoyed traveling with the Texas art crowd attending openings of friends and family. One of the most significant trips, Paul travelled to Peru in 1982 with his wife Nancy, her brother Richard, and their friends Gus and Sharon Kopriva where they hiked the Inca trail to Machu Picchu. They then traveled on to Nazca where they were taken to an archeological site. On that life changing trip to Peru, the group of intrepid explorers wrote a parody of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven entitled The Condor included below. Paul would return to Peru multiple times seeing more sites around the country. Paul also spent time living in Mexico City where he was able to explore the local sites and history. His travels brought him to Europe as well, visiting Iceland, Germany, Paris, Greece, Turkey, and Macedonia. His adventures took him to all corners of the globe where he loved learning about the country’s customs and people.
Moreover, Paul was enormously active in the Houston Art Community volunteering at the Orange Show and for the Art Car Parade. Paul was a great collector of art with not an empty inch of wall space available. He enjoyed attending openings for upcoming local artists with his beloved friends and travelling for openings of his “non-starving” artist friends.
An avid surfer, Paul spent his weekends camping on the beach in the 60s and shared his love of the water with his children, teaching them to surf at young ages. He surfed the Gulf Coast, West Coast, and the north coast of Peru where he celebrated his 60th birthday.
Paul passed away Sunday night from complications after major surgery. He touched so many lives and will always be remembered for his wonderful stories and mustachioed smile.

The Condor
Once upon a Mid-June journey
While I plodded weak and dirty
O’er a path of ancient Inca lore.

While I stumbled nearly falling
Suddenly I heard a calling
A calling from the Inca door.

As I fell across the portal
I heard this sad and mournful chortle
T’was the condor on the door.

Perched upon the Bust of Bingham
I thought that surely I could wing him
But I was blinded by the dust of llamanure.

Ask I of this winged creature
Will I ever reach Machu Piccher
Quote the condor, Nevermore.