Jay "Britt" Johnson 1961-2020
Britt was called home to be with his Lord on Saturday, October 31, 2020. Born March 22, 1961, in Dallas, Texas, he was 59 years old.
He is preceded in death by his father, Thomas Cary Johnson, and both sets of grandparents, Liston Augustus Johnson & Birdie Bell Johnson, J.B, & Loraine Katherine Jackson and father-in-law, Bruce Pierson. Britt is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 32 years, Leslie (Pierson) Johnson. after an 11-year courtship for 43 years together; his three sons, Jacob “Blair” Johnson (30), wife, Courtney, and future grandchild, Baby J, Jay “Bodie” Johnson (28) and Jackson Britt “J.B.” Johnson (26). He is also survived by his dear mother, Sandra Jo Johnson; brother and wife, Scott & Tawana Johnson; brother-in-law and wife, Rocky & Deanna Pierson, nieces; Jerika Johnson, Ashley Pierson and Paige Pierson Bauman and husband, Paul; nephew, Blake Johnson; mother-in-law, Freddie Pierson, and many, many other family and friends.
His 40-year career in the fire equipment business spanned from Smith Fire Equipment to national fire protection companies earning such accolades as Salesman of the Year for several years, President’s Award and President’s “Accountability”
Award, just to name a few.
He was loved and respected in this business.
Britt was a 30-year member of the Richardson Masonic Lodge and was raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason on February 10, 1990, with his uncle David Britt by his side. He was involved in many charitable events with this lodge. Other charitable work near and dear to his heart included his work with young, troubled youth at Operation Orphans where he took these youth on deer hunts in the south Texas areas.
He shared the love of the outdoors with his own sons and loved fishing, hunting and sports. Britt was a natural athlete and played basketball and football while attending North Mesquite High School – Class of 1979. He played baseball in the Mesquite area throughout his teenage years.
But most of all, Britt loved his family with all his heart. Anyone who knew him would tell you this.
His three handsome sons are his legacy. He was the definition of a true friend and continued relationships with many friends who go back to his pre-school days.
Everyone will miss his contagious smile. His wife, Leslie, will miss this smile and giant loving heart.
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