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Donald Travis Johnson was born May 8, 1939, in Strang, Oklahoma to Otho and Ella Mae (Thompson) Johnson. He departed this life on July 12, 2022, at the age of 83 years 2 months and 4 days in Salina, Oklahoma with his family by his bedside. Don married the love of his life Helen Mae (Patton) on July 9, 1957, and they just celebrated 65 years of marriage before the Lord called him home. Don grew up around Mayes County. He worked in the butcher departments at several local grocery stores before opening his own butcher shop. He and his wife ran Johnson’s Meat Plant for 13 years before selling it and retiring. If Don wasn’t at home, you could always find him in the hayfields, working his cattle, making arrowheads or fishing! He sure loved to fish, especially for catfish, also doing some commercial fishing. He enjoyed rebuilding old cars, tractors, and doing tractor pulls, and car shows. He looked forward to family events, watching his grandkids, great grandkids grow, sporting events, fishing, you name it, he would try to be there. He was a member of the Oddfellows. Don was a member of the Salina Assembly of God and also attended Blue Springs Church. Don was a loving, caring, wonderful husband, father, grandpa, great grandpa and friend who will be greatly missed. He leaves behind many memories for his family to cherish.
Funeral Services for Don will be held on Monday, July 18, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. in the Shipman’s Funeral Chapel with Reverend Lorne Beck officiating. Interment will follow in the Graham Memorial Cemetery with Donnie Johnson Jr., Travis Johnson, Steven Stephenson, Tyler Lacey, Jerry Patton and Lee Cook serving as casket bearers. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday evening. To leave a personal message to his family, please visit his Guestbook at www.shipmansfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Shipman’s Funeral & Cremation Service.
Don is survived by his wife, Helen; son, Donnie Johnson and wife Susan of Pryor, OK, Darrell Johnson and wife, Monica of Adair, OK; daughter, Donna Geres and husband, Paul of Pryor, OK; Grandchildren, Ami Cook and husband, Lee, Donnie Johnson, Jr. and wife, Megan, Ashley Stephenson and husband, Steven, April Webster and husband Anthony, Kimberly McDowell and husband Mike, Travis Johnson and wife, Rebecca; Nicholas Lacey, Tyler Lacey and wife, Jolene; 16 great grandchildren and one great great grandson on the way; brothers, Jesse Johnson and wife, Polly, Gary Johnson and wife, Kathy; sisters, Linda Walden and husband, Gary and Sharon Gilbert; many other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Otho and Ella Mae Johnson; brothers, Joe, Ed, Ralph and Glen Johnson; sisters, Helen Frances Johnson and Betty Potter.
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