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Enoch Randolph Johnson June 2, 1946 - March 23, 2019

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Enoch Randolph Johnson was born on June 2, 1946, in Palmetto, Florida, to John Wesley Johnson and Ida Laura Brown, the second-to-youngest son of what would be a family of 15.  He was raised in Palmetto and Sarasota and attended Lincoln Memorial High School where he was student body president. Nicknamed “Hawkeye”, he was #40 on his high school football team and played as a defensive halfback. Enoch graduated from Lincoln Memorial in 1965 as valedictorian of his class. After high school, Enoch enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and moved to California for boot camp. Although he never moved back to Florida, Enoch always retained his love for his hometown and enjoyed returning for the annual family reunion for many years.

 

While still stateside at Camp Pendleton, Enoch saw his future wife, Wanda, for the first time on June 10, 1966, at 10:11 a.m. The following month he was deployed to Vietnam, travelling there via Alaska and Japan.  He served as a Marine in Vietnam for one year and eight days and was loved and well respected by his fellow soldiers who referred to him as “a good Marine”. He was promoted three times during his deployment and received the Presidential Unit Citation which is awarded for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy. He was also awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. He was very grateful to have reconnected with his platoon in his later years and had several heartfelt reunions with them.

 

After leaving the service, Enoch attended the University of California – Los Angeles where he discovered his love for computers and earned a bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering.  He began working for the City of Los Angeles upon graduation and married Wanda Smith on March 14, 1974.  They raised their four children in Altadena, California, and after brief stops in Baltimore, Maryland and Hillsboro, Oregon, they eventually settled down in Mesa, Arizona.

 

Enoch worked for Wells Fargo Bank as a computer systems analyst for over 30 years, learning and utilizing over 100 programing languages. He also taught English to adult learners at night for several years.  He retired in 2009 but could still often be found in his home office working on various computer projects. He was a lifelong Trekkie, a fisherman, a fierce game competitor, and could fix anything you put in front of him.  He was a generous man who was always helping others and he continuously opened up his home to family and friends who needed a place to stay. He also started the Brown-Sanders Scholarship Fund which awarded scholarships at his family reunion every year to help students pay for college. And although he seemed like a quiet and pensive man, Enoch was very funny and a great storyteller. All you needed was the right topic to get him talking for hours about growing up in Florida, serving in Vietnam, courting his wife, or anything related to computers.

 

Enoch is survived by Wanda Johnson, his wife of 45 years; his children Tony Golden, Laura Johnson, Talia Colley (Max), Randi Taylor, and Katrina Graves-Johnson; his sisters Queen Ousley, Eliza Flucker, and Helen Harrington; his brother David Johnson; his grandchildren Blair, Sydney, Tiffani, Tony Jr., Josiah, Ammar, Candace, Alexandria, Isaiah, Eden, and Elijah; and his great-granddaughter Aliyya along with countless nephews, nieces, and other extended family he deeply loved.

 

Visitation to be held Sunday, March 31, 2019 1pm-4pm at Legacy Funeral Home 4403 E Broadway Rd. Mesa, AZ 85206.

Graveside will be held on Monday, April 1, 2019 at 1:30pm at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona 23029 Cave Creek Phoenix 85024

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    Randy Johnson Sr says

    I weep today but tomorrow will be tears of joy.
    I love you my family you and I will be connected forever. With out a dout our favourite uncle, which other uncle has 3 children named after him. My son’s birthday is March 23rd 1979. I love you family you and I are connected forever.

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    Randy Johnson Sr says

    Dear family today I weep but tomorrow will be tears of joy. Our favourite uncle without a dout, which other uncle has three children named in his honor. His passing I’ll always remember as my youngest son was born on March 23 1979 we are connected forever. Love you family.

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    Connie says

    Sorry I’m so late in seeing this, with deepest sympathy and a heart felt sadness that will ease as time goes on, but your memory will be forever with me. Rest in Peace, cuz

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    Wanda J Johnson says

    A millions times I needed you, a millions times I’ve cried. If love alone could have saved you, you never would have died.
    In life I loved you dearly, In death I love you still. In my. Heart you have a place no one else can fill.It broke my heart to lose you, but you didn’t go alone Part of me went with you, The day God took you home…..

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    Wanda Johnson says

    A million times I needed you. A million times I cried.
    If love alone could hav saved you, you never would have died.
    In life I loved you dearly, In death I love you still. In my hearth you hold a place, no one else can fill.
    It broke my heart to lose you,But you didn’t go alone. Part of me went with you the day God took you home…..

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