Kendall Gregory Johnson (“Ken”), age 71, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 28, 2018, while surrounded by his immediate family at Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin, Texas. Ken is survived by his loving wife of the past 19 years, Kathy (Bowman) Johnson; his children, Kimberly A. Callison of Lubbock, Texas and David A. Johnson, and his wife Amanda, of Plano, Texas; his grandchildren, Lily and Sadie Callison of Lubbock, Texas and Madeline and Emily Johnson of Plano, Texas; his sister, Sandra Dougherty of Elkhart, Kansas; his mother-in-law, Madolyn O. Bowman of Lake Charles, Louisiana; his brother-in-law, Dr. James H. Bowman, and his wife Rachel, of Birmingham, Alabama; his sister-in-law, Anne Blume, and her husband Steve, of Sulphur, Louisiana; and his many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. Ken is preceded in death by his parents, Rex and Wilma Johnson of Vivian, Louisiana.
Ken was born in Atlanta, Texas on May 28, 1947. The son of an oilfield worker, Ken spent his childhood living in numerous towns throughout Texas, Louisiana, Kansas, and Colorado prior to graduating from North Caddo High School in Vivian, Louisiana in 1965. Following graduation from high school, Ken attended Southwest Texas State University and Texas Tech University prior to enrolling in the United States Navy, where he spent four years before he was honorably discharged from his service. Upon returning to Texas, Ken began his life-long career with the Highway Patrol Division of the Texas Department of Public Safety (“TDPS”). From 1978 through 1994, Ken was based in Hondo, Texas and served as the Sergeant with the TDPS in the area covering Medina, Bandera, Frio, and Atascosa Counties. During this time, Ken also served periodically as a visiting instructor at the TDPS Academy in Austin, Texas. In 1994, Ken moved to Lamesa, Texas and continued his role as a Sergeant with the TDPS in an area consisting of Dawson, Borden, Gaines, and Andrews Counties. After over 35 years of distinguished service to the State of Texas, Ken retired from the TDPS in 2003. Following his retirement, Ken enjoyed golfing with friends and family, attending and watching college football games, continuously spoiling his grandchildren, and traveling throughout the United States and overseas with his wife, Kathy. He became active in his local church and enjoyed attending local community and university events with Kathy in Lubbock, Texas. He was an absolutely wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and brother, and he will be deeply missed by his family and many friends.
A memorial service and celebration of Ken’s life will be held at Lake Ridge Chapel at 6025 82nd Street in Lubbock, Texas on August 11, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.