Jul 092015


Randy Johnson passed away on Thursday, July 2, 2015. He suffered a massive stroke on Nov. 22, 2014. Randy fought for seven months before he lost his battle on July 2 in St. Johns. A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 31, at the Navajo County Fairgrounds in Holbrook. A lunch will be provided, and friends and family are invited to share their memories and swap stories.

Randy was born in McNary on Aug. 10, 1943. He grew up in Lakeside and never lived outside Arizona, except for one year (1956) in Arkansas. He graduated from Lakeside High School in 1961.

While attending high school, Randy worked at Howard’s Garage in Lakeside and Blakely Station in Show Low. These jobs allowed him the opportunity to work on and race cars, something he always enjoyed. The love and thrill of speed remained with Randy as he had success in the horseracing business and then in his 60s he competed in the sport of barrel racing. He competed in the NBHA finals in September 2014.

He worked for Arizona Public Service Co. for almost 40 years. He began his career in McNary, then transferred to Sierra Vista, Douglas, Phoenix, Prescott, Sedona, Payson and retired in Holbrook. While working for APS, he worked many different job positions.

Randy loved his animals and the outdoors. He could spin a good yarn and had a great sense of humor. Rarely was he caught without his mischievous smile and twinkle in his eye as he told a story from his past.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wallace Edwin Johnson and Nell Johnson, along with his sister, Flossy Johnson, and brothers, Ricky Johnson and Jamie Graves.

Survivors include his wife, Lisa Johnson; his children (with former wife Linda Estes) Kim (Harland) Beagley, Karen Schubert, Kathy (Dave) Hart, John (Carla) Johnson and (with former wife Sharon Erkeneff) Deyna Zinn; two sisters, Connie Smith and Rhonda (Robert) Keipke; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, any donations to the Holbrook Animal Shelter would be appreciated.