These words were so painful to write, but I wanted to share them, as well as my love for my Papa, with you. This will also appear in the OC Register, and in the cards my family is sending out to those close to us.

Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson

Johnson, Jack D. spent his last moments of life surrounded by Peggy, his wife of 53 years, and “his girls.” Jack, a La Habra fire fighter for 30 years, succumbed to Emphysema at Saddleback Hospital on Monday, Feb. 1.

Jack was born June 9th, 1937 to Arvil and Jeffie Johnson in Batesville, Ark. He moved to Alhambra with his family and met Peggy at Alhambra High School in 1954. They married March 31, 1956 while Jack attended LA City College before becoming a La Habra Firefighter in 1964 and an Armored Transport Guard in 1965. Jack and Peggy raised three beautiful daughters, whom Jack took to Girl Scout camp-outs, horse shows and softball games. Jack was blessed with five grandchildren, whom he took fishing, to museums and whale watching.

Jack, a 21-year resident of San Clemente, was known for his love of his family, his “out of the box” thinking, his endless kindness and generosity towards others, and his affection for Cocker Spaniels, irises, Frosted Flakes and duct tape.

Jack requested that he be celebrated with a family dinner, but those outside the family can share in his memory by donating to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, a cause close to his heart.