It is with a smile on our faces that we remember John Monroe Johnson, known affectionately as "Big John," who was born on April 19, 1954, in Fullerton, CA. John was a man who never met a stranger and had the unique ability to make friends wherever he went. A loyal friend and loving father, John added a dash of humor to every situation. He was a beacon of joy and commitment to those he loved. With a laugh that could light up a room, John's motto in life was simple: "just relax."
John's journey took him from Fullerton, where he was born, to Acton, California, and finally to Wickenburg, Arizona, where he lived for six wonderful years. During his career with the United States Postal Service, John was a familiar and friendly face for over 40 years before his well-deserved retirement in 2017. Off the clock, John indulged in his love for trains and model railroading, line dancing, and World War II history. He was a friend and follower of Jesus Christ.
Big John is survived by his daughters, Katie Sandoval (Cody) of Wickenburg, AZ and Kellie (Adrian) Ayon of Newbury Park, CA; and his grandkids, Payslie, Lane, Piper, Levi, and Asher. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard Sr. and Pearl Johnson, his wife, Konnie Johnson, his sister, Sharon Fosnight, and his granddaughter, Brooke Sandoval.
In lieu of a traditional memorial service, the family is honoring his wishes to "throw a dance party" in his memory with extended family and friends.
John's love for life, his infectious humor, and his commitment to those he loved will always be remembered. As we laugh through our tears, let's honor his memory by taking a page out of Big John's book: just relax, love fiercely, and never forget to find the humor in everyday life.