Larry Wade Johnson was born June 10th, 1943 in Roscoe, Texas to Harley and Francis Johnson. Larry was a loving husband, provider, and a man that truly sacrificed everything for his family. He graduated in 1961 from Permian High School in Odessa, TX, continuing his education at New Mexico Jr College and Texas Tech University. For most of his life, Larry resided in the West Texas, Southeast New Mexico area, where he gained a passion for the industry he loved, The Oilfield. On October 2nd, 1965, Larry married the love of his life, Maggie Lu Wagnon. They were married in Hobbs, NM, the place they called home and spent most of their lives raising and taking care of their family. Maggie and Larry were married 42 happy years until her passing in 2008.
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Two characteristics that truly define Larry were his gentle nature and his emphasis of a strong work ethic; he stressed hard work and believed in the saying, “nothing in this life is free”. Larry spent most of his professional career in and around The Oilfield industry, working for Texaco Exploration for 29 years, at the same time helping with the family farm and family business DrillProdco, Inc. Instead of retiring after his many years with Texaco, Larry decided to continue his career with The State of New Mexico as an Environmental Engineer, where he eventually retired in 2011. If you ever had the privilege of listening to one of Larry’s many Oilfield stories, you were in for a treat, and possibly an overnight stay, as those great stories could last hours. Larry loved family vacations, garage and estate sales, shopping in Lubbock, and attending Texas Tech football games with his family. He accompanied granddaughter Makella to her first Texas Tech football game this past December; where we experienced true football weather (brutally cold, with that strong West Texas wind), creating a memory we will cherish forever. Larry also enjoyed watching Fox News, this certainly was not a doctor-approved activity, because in no way was it a heart healthy, stress free activity for him. Anyone close to Larry certainly understood his obsession for hot food; not a pepper or hot sauce existed that he was not willing to sample, if you ever observed Larry during a meal and his face was beet read with a touch of perspiration, you knew he was in “food Heaven”. Once in an upscale Houston steakhouse Larry asked the poor waiter for some crushed red peppers, as his perfectly seasoned and prepared steak just did not have enough flavor; surely, that was the first and last time that request was ever uttered in that fine establishment, for us it was a perfect “Larry moment”. Larry seemed to be at his happiest surrounded by family, when he could just sit and watch his Grandchildren play and draw pictures for their “Pop Pop”; that twinkle in his eye and smile on his face said it all. Larry spent the final years of his life in Belton, TX, with his loving companion Tina Harmon. He passed peacefully on May 25, 2019 surrounded by his family at the age of 75.
Larry is survived by his children, Chad Johnson and his wife Jennifer of Houston TX; Kami Miller and her husband Brian of Temple, TX; two Grandchildren Makella and Vance Johnson, and Sister Cindy Thornton and her husband Terry of Dallas, TX.
A family service is scheduled on June 29th, 2pm at Hewett-Arney Funeral Home in Temple, TX to honor his life. Thank you to everyone who has shown the family so much sympathy during this very difficult time.