Tom Johnson, born April 19, 1929, to Tom O. and Nellie (Broadston) Johnson, in Bridgeport, Okla., passed away April 7, 2010.

Tom graduated from Napa High School in 1947. He starred in basketball, baseball and football. In 2006, he was conducted into the Napa High Hall of Fame.

He was married to Donna Johnson for 56 years, making their home in Napa, then retiring to Magalia, Calif., in 1995.

After high school, Tom worked for Napa City water department. He served honorably as a drill instructor for the United States Marines during the Korean War. He joined Napa County Sheriff’s office in 1995 as a deputy. He was promoted to inspector and then was appointed undersheriff in 1966, until his retirement in 1980. In 1970, he graduated from the FBI academy in Quantico, Va. After his retirement, he took a job as chief of police at Napa College. 

In 1983, Tom went to Saudi Arabia for 12 years when he accepted a position as chief of security for King Khalid Eye Hospital and Dhahran Military Hospital.

He is survived by children Cindy Johnson of Elk Grove, Geri Di Reinzo of Magalia, Tom Johnson (Sandra) of Napa and Mickey Johnson (Rene) of Van Nuys; grandchildren Darrell Vance III, Kris Axtell, Frank Di Reinzo, Connie Di Reinzo, Jarrod Johnson and Jessamyn Johnson; and great-grandchildren Timmy, Marcus, Samantha, Keegan, Kayson and Kyler. He was predeceased by sisters Edith, Hazel, Opal and Lola.

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He was a good father and husband who will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He made a lot of good friends in high school and after who he will miss greatly.

No services are planned.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.


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