Michael Joseph “Big Mike” Johns was born on June 27th, 1954, in Savannah, Georgia, to Joseph Vernon Johns and Beulah Graham. Michael passed away on February 8th, 2021.
Michael grew up in Greenville, Texas, alongside his half-brother, Gary Loucks. He attended and played football at Texas Tech University. After attending college, Michael lived in Plano, Texas, for the rest of his life. Michael worked in Sales for Cushman Motor Works and later on in life at C&D Technologies, where he traveled extensively and accrued 3 million frequent flyer miles, which allowed him and wife, Carol, to vacation around the world. He spoke Spanish, which he learned from traveling all over Latin America. Michael was admired by his colleagues, who traveled together in his territory. He would always research to take care of logistics and find nice places for lunch and dinner, etc. A trip with Mike was always going to be something special. He was a gracious host and went out of his way to make sure that business was successful, and that they had time for some fun, too. Although he was a giant man, Michael was very humble and approachable. He always had a smile and an easy joke. One thing that he always spoke fondly of, was his wife, Carol. He always looked forward to the end of the work week to get home to her.
Michael was an athlete. He excelled at racquetball and he was a power lifter who could bench press 410lbs. Michael was a fitness enthusiast, a SCUBA diver (with advanced certifications, including Rescue SCUBA Diver), and he won 1st place distance running in an age group with many fun runs. He was an accomplished musician - playing the banjo and the guitar - a supporter of public radio KERA and a member of the White German Shepherd Dog Club International Chapter. He and his wife Carol had 3 shepherds and one, Leo, who won first place in a category in the 2003 National WGSDCII Show in Arizona.
Big Mike had many friends who would first describe him as intelligent and witty, with a great sense of humor. He once brought a candle-lit watermelon to the gym, on Juneteenth, for one of his racquetball partner’s birthdays.
Michael is survived by his wife, Carol Johns, his son, Jason Johns (a Dallas Policeman), and by his grandson, Patrick Johns.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation in Michael’s name to the Arthritis National Research Foundation.
Michael, you will always be in our hearts.
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