Morris D. Johnson

November 8, 1930February 18, 2013

November 8, 1930 – February 18, 2013

Morris was known in his lifetime as Morris, “Red,” “Uncle Red,” “Daddy,” and “Da.”

Morris D. Johnson was born at home in Mineral Wells, TX, to Mary Anna Blasdel and John Edward Johnson. He was the third son. The family moved to Austin in 1944 and became members at Central Christian Church.

Morris graduated from Austin High School in 1948; he then went on to the University of Texas at Austin where he lettered in track & field, specializing in the broad jump (long jump) and was in Naval ROTC. Morris graduated in 1952 from the University with a BBA. He then served in the United States Navy from 1952-54 aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Franklin D. Roosevelt, he held the rank of LTJG, and was also appointed officer of the deck at age 23 during his service. He continued to serve in the Naval Reserves following honorable discharge from active duty. After discharge from the Navy, he returned to the University of Texas where he earned an MPA on the GI bill.

He met Eileen S. Johnston at the University of Texas and they were married June 9, 1956. They had 4 children (one son, James Andrew who passed away in 1987) and were married 39 years until Eileen’s passing in 1995. He married Carole Howard on October 26, 1996 and gained more family.

He was a licensed CPA for more than 40 years in Austin. After retirement he participated in a number of things that kept him busy. He was co-founder of the TSCPA peer assistance program now known as ACAN. He volunteered for Hospice Austin for more than 10 years and he taught many classes at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2 of which were the 12 Steps for Christians, Walking the Mourner’s Path and he also trained Stephen ministers. He was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Austin starting in 1966, serving at various times as an elder and deacon. He loved singing in the choirs at both Central Christian Church and Covenant Presbyterian church and enjoyed being a member of the Austin Civic Chorus. He was a self-taught guitar player and he played it any chance he got. His children, nieces, nephews and grandchildren loved singing with him and listening to him play. He obtained his private aviation license in 1963 and piloted the family on a number of vacation trips around the United States. During all of his volunteer service his personal guiding principle was “Show up and Care.”

Morris was predeceased by older brother Willard Johnson and younger sister Francis Kay Griffin. He is survived by his eldest brother J.E. Johnson of Fort Worth. Other surviving family includes his wife Carole Johnson, daughter Janet Baker and husband Marty Baker; son Douglas Johnson and wife Nancy Johnson; son Phillip Johnson and wife Diane Johnson, adopted daughter Jessie Trevino and her husband Mark Trevino. He is also survived by 4 stepsons: Obie Don Jones and wife Kimberly Jones; Colin Jones and Karen Leblanc, Darrell Jones and wife Leah Jones; and David Jones and wife Adella Jones. He was known as “Da” to his 10 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild, Katie, Amber, and Brooks Baker; Danielle and Samantha Johnson; Obie Brandon & Emily Jones; Trevor and Eric Jones; and Brittany Agamaite and Caylin Agamaite. He was Uncle “Red” to his many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Cemetery located at 14501 North IH-35, Pflugerville, Texas 78660 at 11 AM on Saturday, February 23, 2013. Then a celebration of Morris’ life will be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church Austin at 3003 Northland Drive, Austin, TX 78757 at 3 PM on Saturday, Feb 23, 2013.

Thanks to Hospice Austin and Lorrie Williams for their loving, caring support during Morris’ illness and to Dr. Tony Aventa. Donations may be made to Hospice Austin, 4107 Spicewood Springs, Ste. 100 Austin, Texas 78759.

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  • Graveside Services with Military Honors Saturday, February 23, 2013
  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 23, 2013

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Belinda Boone

March 2, 2013

Family, I just heard the sad news. I know Morris wanted to be & was the light of yr lives. Your care & commitment to him speaks loudly not only of your spirits but also of his. Again, I regret not having known to be prayers & love your way.

Ron, Kittie, Tyler & Allison Elrod

February 27, 2013

Carole & family, We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers go out for comfort and peace. Many hugs sent your way.

February 26, 2013

The services were beautiful, and it was wonderful to be able to be with all the family, even if for such a sad event. For Uncle Morris' children and grandchildren--and indeed, to all whose lives he touched--I'll share a thought that brought me comfort when my father, Willard, died last year: He lives on in you, and you honor him in the way you live your lives.

Much love, Kathy Johnson

Joyce Schnurer

February 25, 2013

Carole, Just heard the news of Morris' passing this last week. Such a wonderful, kind man. We will all miss him. My love and condolences to you and your familly

February 24, 2013

Morris added wonderful memories to our Johnson Family Reunion through his presence and his generosity in preparing the geneaology books for the family. Rest in peace, Cousin, and may angels guide you to your rest. Sid and Linda Walton

Cindy Whitaker

February 24, 2013

Dear Carole, My thoughts and prayers are with you. Best Wishes. Love to all family.

Lisa Wainer

February 24, 2013

Dearest Carole-
The service today was absolutely beautiful. My love and prayers continue to be with you and your family. Morris will live on in the hearts of the countless people whose lives he touched.
Hip, hip, hooray! :)

Miriam Raviv

February 23, 2013

Sincerest condolences. I'm so grateful to have had the opportunity to get to know Morris and to enjoy so many fun evenings together.
With love and prayer,

February 23, 2013

We just heard and were saddened by Morris' passing. He was a special friend to me going back to 1980 when he was the steady mentor/adviser I needed. He always gave generously of his time and was consistently reasonable and wise. Nancy and my thoughts are with Carole, our dear and long time friend.

Christine Trull

February 23, 2013

Thinking of you and praying for you and your loved ones.

With love,
Chrissie and Scott Trull