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August 19, 2013

Wilburn Waynon Johnson

1937 - 2013

Wilburn Waynon Johnson was born October 30, 1937 in Fewell, Oklahoma and died August 15, 2013 in Marietta, Georgia.

He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years Linda Johnson (nee Arfstrom) of the home and a son Fred Johnson of Naselle, Washington. He was preceded in death by his daughter Amy Johnson, a brother James Winston Johnson, parents Fred M. Johnson and Lois A. Johnson (nee Sands), and his dear aunt Nell Haynes (nee Sands). Waynon is also survived by niece Anna Marie Gardner and nephews Robert Gardner and Christopher Johnson as well as sisters-in-law Ann Gardner and Vera Johnson and numerous other relatives. Waynon had many dear friends who are left behind, but to name a few are Mr. Don Hamman, Mr. & Mrs. Kerim Zamangil, Mr. & Mrs. Cameron Galway, and Mr. & Mrs. Danny Yount. Waynon grew up and attended school in Nashoba, Oklahoma and enjoyed living on his parents' farm near Nashoba on the Little River in Pushmataha County. 

He was a 32nd degree Mason, a lifetime fisherman and hunter, and a BMW motorcycle enthusiast. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Biology from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, and a Master’s degree in Biology from Oklahoma University. His career in fish and wildlife research and monitoring took him to many areas of the country from Alaska to Puerto Rico. Waynon's career first took him to Mankato, Minnesota, where he taught at the University of Minnesota. He then went to work for the US Fish and Wildlife Service near Columbia, Missouri and later was promoted to the regional office of the Fish and Wildlife Service in Atlanta, Georgia. He then worked at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) managing and monitoring the clean-up of toxic waste sites in order to make them safe for the public.

Arrangements by Fischer Funeral Care 678-514-1000.

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