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L. Bruce Johnson
Dec. 16, 1921-April 27, 2019
Los Gatos, California

Submitted by Jeane Johnson
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BRUCE JOHNSON December 16, 1921 April 27, 2019 Los Gatos Louis Bruce Johnson was born in Liberal, Kansas, an only child. He attended local schools. In 1937 he attended the National Boy Jamboree in Washington D.C. followed by the World Boy Scout Jamboree in Holland. The trip included a six-week tour of Europe with other Midwest Scouts. He enrolled in Kansas State University. His schooling was interrupted by four years in the army, where he was a radar officer and battery commander, principally in the Aleutians. Upon returning home, he completed his final semester, graduating in 1947 with a degree in electrical engineering. Subsequently, he held positions at Point Mugu Missile Test Center, Oxnard CA (missile testing), Lenkurt Electric in San Carlos CA (telephone equipment) where he became chief engineer. He took a one-year assignment in Frederick Electronics, MD before returning home to participate in a digital radio startup for four years. He started a franchise In the Bay Area of Sonitrol Corporation, which used a unique sound activated system to detect break-ins as well as fire. He retired in 1989 when he sold the company, but remained active in the alarm business, starting a similar operation with a partner in Las Vegas, in 1992. He and his wife Jeane lived in an area of Portola Valley, CA, called Ladera, where their two daughters were born. In 2011 they moved to The Terraces of Los Gatos, a retirement community, in which he participated until his medical problems became acute. Bruce had multiple interests. Woodworking was a major pastime. He built furniture and other household items, volunteered for mission and building projects, and later on, restored vintage pump organs. He loved gardening, camping, fishing and travel. He made more than 20 trips abroad, plus many more in the States, He especially enjoyed theater and musical events. Bruce was active in the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, serving in choir for over thirty years, as well as other capacities. He was active in professional organizations, as well as community ones. He is survived by his wife Jeane of 67 years; daughters Wendy Johnson of Mountain View, AR; and Deanna Foster Godsoe; son-in-law Tom Godsoe, Ben Lomand, CA and Michael Foster, TX.

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