January 5, 1937 – November 19, 2020
Daniel “Dan” Johnson died Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, at his Kingwood home. He died just as he lived – surrounded by his family and by love, asking after others in his kind, compassionate and decent way, and stubbornly fighting to live to the very end. It is now time for him to join the love of his life, his wife Hazel Johnson, who died from Alzheimer’s Disease nearly three years ago to the day of his own death.
Dan was born on Jan. 5, 1937 in Jacksonville, Texas, to Daniel Dupree Johnson and Violet Andrews Johnson. He graduated from Lamar University in May 1962 with a degree in geology and had a long and successful career as an oil exploration geologist. He remained forever fascinated by the creations of the Earth. He also served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged on Sept. 30, 1963.
He is survived by three daughters who love him very much: Christa Elliott, Danette Lyons and Sharon Johnson-Levy. Survivors also include four grandchildren who will always remember and gain strength from his memory: Daniel Elliott, Jenna Lyons, Andrew Levy and Zachary Levy; and two sons-in-law: Kevin Lyons and Art Levy, whom he welcomed into his family with love. He will be buried at the Russell Cemetery in Rusk, Texas, beside Hazel and near his parents and grandparents.
Graveside Service & Interment
Monday, November 23, 2020
November 21, 2020
From the time we moved in next to Dan about 5 1/2 years ago, he was so helpful and nice! He gave us the info about the neighborhood meetings, how to position the trash at the street, where to get the pools tags, and more.
I specifically have a memory of how Dan helped me in a major pinch! Charlee, our oldest daughter, had been mowing and bumped a water access in the back yard. Water was shooting out of the ground about 3 feet high! My husband Ryan was an hour away, he told me to try to cut the access off at the street but it would be hard. I was out trying, and Dan was walking to get the Mail. I explained what happened and asked him if he thought he could help. He went and grabbed gloves and started helping right away. We pushed together and finally got it off! Then Dan offered to help take a look at the pipes that were hit, his Dad was a plumber 🥰 He came back with a card board box of plumbing items and tools—so cute!!! He started instructing the girls to get the water away so they could see the pipe. The dogs were right there in the middle with Dan 😅 Ryan finally made it and he and Dan were able to get the pipe fixed. I feel I was supposed to invite Dan over for dinner and actually had spaghetti makings. He politely accepted. The kids were ecstatic and helped prepare for Dan coming over. We loved his stories that day at dinner—about when he served, memories with Hazel, and his kids. It was so sweet to hear❤️❤️ And blessed our family.
When we received the news of Dan, we all said, “I wish we would have had him over more!” Even the kids❤️
We are praying for your family, for comfort. We are very sad and will miss Dan so much!
Lori, Ryan, Charlee, Krisslyn, Parker, and Brooks