Many folks will remember Rich Johnson -- he worked in Capistrano Unified for 31 years before retiring in 2003. He served a a principal at several campuses and retired as Executive Director of Secondary Services.
Johnson passed away suddenly June 15. With virtually no warning, he died because of a leukemia.
I don't have word on services yet. Our condolences to his family.
A message from his family, with information on services:
We would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support during this difficult time.
A memorial for Rich Johnson will be held on Friday, June 24th at 3 p.m. in the gymnasium at San Juan Hills High School. Given that Dad dedicated his life to education and CUSD, a beautiful new school in his hometown of nearly 40 years seems a perfect place to celebrate his life. Please see the attached announcement. If you would like to share a short story or memory of Dad during the service, please contact Kelli (firstname.lastname@example.org or 949.240.1312) by this Wednesday.
As Dad's passing came as a shock to us all, we would like to take this opportunity to share the events of the past week. Last Sunday was a typical day for Dad, spent with his family. He golfed with Greg and barbecued sausages at home for dinner. Early Monday afternoon he was taken to the hospital after fainting at home. He was admitted to the ICU and diagnosed with an acute form of leukemia that overwhelmed his system over the next two days. The doctors at Mission Hospital did everything they could to help and kept him comfortable until he quietly passed away on Wednesday evening.
Some of you may recall Dad's "All Around Good Kid" award program when he was a middle school principal. He designed the award to recognize kids who may not have been the highest-achieving, may not have been the most popular, may not have been the most athletic, may not have been the most talented, but were nonetheless outstanding kids with good hearts and good intentions. We are hoping to continue Dad's tradition of acknowledging the sometimes overlooked with annual AAGK awards for CUSD students. We will work on details throughout the summer and will share them with you in the fall.
We look forward to seeing those of you who can attend on Friday to help us remember Dad.
The Johnson Family