George Kenneth Johnson
August 18, 1951 - June 03, 2021
George Kenneth Johnson, age 69, passed away peacefully on June 3rd after a long battle with cancer. George, or "Ken" as he liked to be called, was born in Portsmouth, Ohio on August 18th, 1951. He was the only child of the late George William Johnson and Evelyn Collins Johnson. Soon after graduating high school at Portsmouth West, he and his parents relocated to Scottsdale, Arizona. Ken attended Mesa Community College and then went on to earn his Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Arizona State University. His hard work in undergraduate school paid off when he was able to receive a scholarship to attend optometry school. This is where he became Dr. Johnson.
Dr. Johnson loved his profession and practiced optometry for over 40 years. He completed his Doctor of Optometry at the Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, CA. Dr. Johnson has been honored many times throughout his career including numerous President Awards from the Arizona Optometric Association and was named Optometrist of the year in 1990 and 1996. In 2004, Dr. Johnson was honored by Southern California College of Optometry as one of the top 100 individuals whose contributions, leadership or influence have nurtured and sustained the growth of the college since its inception 100 years ago.
While in optometry school, Ken met the love of his life, Socorro "Cora" Rodil de Leon. They met on a blind date in April of 1975, and were married shortly after on August 20th, 1977. Ken and Cora had two children, William de Leon Johnson born in 1994, and Christina de Leon Johnson born in 1997.
Ken is preceded in death by his parents, and survived by his wife, Cora, and two children, William and Christina.
Although Ken has passed on to the next life, he leaves behind a great legacy. He was a devoted and hard working man, who also prioritized his family over everything else. Ken was loved by everyone he met. Throughout his lifetime he never burned any bridges. His friends and family will describe him as the most loving and kind person, someone who never let judgement or prejudice cloud his mind.
There will be a celebration of life ceremony to honor Ken. This will be held at Hansen Desert Hills on Friday, June 25th, at 9:30am. 6500 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85254.
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