Walter Granville Johnson, 84, of Carpinteria, passed away Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. He was born Sept. 27, 1934 in San Jose, California. He graduated from Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and received his teaching credential from Cal Poly.
He met his wife Janet in the fourth grade and they were married in 1955. They celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on Nov. 26, 2018 and lived in Carpinteria for 54 years. He loved his community and his church, and he was an avid train enthusiast.
Walter was an agriculture teacher at Carpinteria High School for 25 years. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1977 and he retired from teaching in 1989. Known to many as “Mr. J,” he had many “kids” who he remembered fondly. He was a member of the California Ag Teachers Association and the California Retired Teachers Association, a Deacon at Carpinteria Community Church, and a Lions Club member and past president. He was also a member of the South Coast Society of Model Engineers. He received the FFA Honorary American Farmer degree in 1987.
Walter was preceded in death by his daughter Marilyn Taylor and parents Walter F. Johnson and Meda Adams. He is survived by his wife Janet, daughter Kerri (David) Costa, son-in-law Michael Taylor, grandchildren John (Megan) and Benjamin (Robyn) Taylor, Melissa (Elliott Dozier) and Rachel Costa, great grandchildren Gavin, Samuel and Rockwell Taylor, brothers Raymond Johnson, William Adams and Wallace Adams as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at Carpinteria Community Church, 1111 Vallecito Road, Carpinteria. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Carpinteria Historical Society, 956 Maple Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013; Carpinteria Community Church, 1111 Vallecito Road, Carpinteria, CA 93013; Carpinteria FFA, 4810 Foothill Road, Carpinteria, CA 93013; or Carpinteria Lions Club, P.O. Box 253, Carpinteria, CA 93014.