Dr. Clark Johnson died Monday, January 17, 2011 in Lubbock , Texas at the age of 86. He was born January 10, 1925 in Denison , Texas to Clark and Estelle (Ivie) Johnson. His formal education began in a two room rural school at Muncy, in Floyd County, Texas. After one year there the family moved back to Sherman , Texas . He graduated from Sherman High School in 1941 and began his college career at Austin College in Sherman . After one year there he transferred to the University of Texas where he continued his pre-medical studies. In 1943 he joined the U. S. Navy V-12 training program and while this program was active he was enrolled in the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston , where he received his M. D. Degree in 1948. After completing his internship in Denver , Colorado, he spent a year on active duty in the U.S.Navy. This included duty aboard a transport vessel and several months aboard the USS Boxer, an aircraft carrier. At the end of that tour of duty Clark was released to inactive duty. He spent a year in Seattle at Children’s Orthopedic Hospital for experience in pediatric surgery. This was a particularly pleasant year for him, both professionally and personally. The work was stimulating and it was there he first met Dorothy Webb, an attractive young nurse.
In 1953 he married the love of his life, Dorothy Webb, and despite being recalled to active duty during the Korean War, they began what would prove to be a remarkably pleasant and happy married life. Clark and Dorothy have now been married 57 years.
They settled in Sweetwater , Texas, where Clark had an active general and family practice.
In 1976 they moved to Lubbock where Clark accepted a position as Associate Professor
of Family Medicine at Texas Tech University School of Medicine and became Director of the Family Medicine Residency Training Program at the then new Medical School . He was frequently elected Outstanding Teacher or Family Medicine Mentor by the residents. In 1990 Clark retired after spending forty two years in a very satisfying career in medicine. In 1996 he was appointed Associate Professor Emeritus of the Health Science Center .
Clark enjoyed teaching and for many years taught a young couples’ Sunday School class. In addition to teaching he enjoyed fly fishing and fly tying, genealogy, pampering two pecan trees, and was an avid reader, particularly of western Americana .
He was a member of Westmont Christian Church and for more than seventy years he had been a member of some Christian (Disciples of Christ) Church. Survivors include his loving wife of 57 years and their children and spouses: Craig A. and Nancy Johnson of Sweetwater , Texas ; Mary and Steve Moore of El Paso, Texas ; and Bruce and Madonna Johnson of Austin , Texas . Also seven grandchildren: Katie, Christopher, and Carly Johnson; Robert, Katie Moore-Cisneros (husband Jacob), Karen Moore; and Kristen Johnson. He has one great-grandson, Efren Cisneros. Additional survivors include two sisters: Mary Waldrop of Tyler , Texas ; Doris Cook of Arlington , Texas ; and a half brother, Bill Johnson and wife Juanita of Katy, Texas . He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service will be held at Westmont Christian Church on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011 at 11:00 AM with visitation following the service. Memorials may be made to Westmont, Vistacare Hospice, or a charity of your choice. Å@
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