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James (Jim) A. Johnson Sr.

James (Jim) A. Johnson Sr.

July 8, 1935 - October 31, 2017


Jim A. Johnson, 82, passed away October 31, 2017. Jim, AKA “Bumper” or “the Silver Fox,” left behind his beloved wife of 40 years, Nancy. He was a cherished husband, father, brother, and friend who will be missed by all those whose lives he touched.


Born July 8, 1935 in Bakersfield, California to Roy and Marie (Adeline) Johnson of Taft, Calif. Jim graduated from Los Gatos High School in 1953, where in 2009, he was inducted into the Los Gatos High School Hall of Fame for his athletic achievements. Jim studied law enforcement at San Jose State University while playing football and baseball for the Spartans. In 1958, Jim began his law enforcement career in California, as an Auxiliary Police Officer for the Campbell Police Department, later earning the rank of Sergeant with the Santa Clara Police Department. In 1977, he moved his family to Eugene, Oregon where he worked for the Lane County Sheriff’s Department.


Jim and his wife moved to Shady Cove in 1993, where he continued his law enforcement career as Chief of Police for the City of Shady Cove. Jim could be seen on any given day handing out ice cream coupons to local children as a reward for following the bicycle rules of the road. Jim retired in 2001 and spent his time fishing, hunting, and golfing. He especially enjoyed days on the local courses, playing 18 holes with Nancy or providing lessons to anyone who wanted to learn.


Jim is survived by his wife and his six children, James Jr. “Bo” of Marcola, Joanne Enright (Mike) of Lake Forest, Calif., Julia Fonseca of Marcola, Jeff Johnson of Springfield, Suzanne Kintzley (Mark) of Lowell, and Michael Johnson of Springfield. Also surviving are his siblings, Gene Johnson (Doris) of Watsonville, Calif., Norman Johnson (Jean) of Valley Center, Calif., and Velma Martin (Gene) of Grass Valley, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Marvin; his sister, Loetta; and his Black Lab, Jack, who was his constant companion.


A private ceremony attended by immediate family was held for Jim in Shady Cove. Memorial contributions may be made to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center’s End of Life Program, in Medford, Ore.

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