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AUSTIN TX 78745
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Rand Amacher Johnson was born on March 27, 1949 to Vere Hodges Johnson and Winifried Amacher Johnson in Roosevelt, Utah. Following the birth of his sisters Janice and Kathy, Vere moved the family to Florida where they enjoyed weekly trips to the b... Read More
Rand Amacher Johnson was born on March 27, 1949 to Vere Hodges Johnson and Winifried Amacher Johnson in Roosevelt, Utah. Following the birth of his sisters Janice and Kathy, Vere moved the family to Florida where they enjoyed weekly trips to the beach. It was there Rand and his mother developed a mutual love for the red-winged Cardinal, and the birth of his first brother Paul. After his father finished in the Public Health Service, they returned to Utah where Vere set up a dental practice in Logan, Utah. He played basketball with the church team and enjoyed fishing. He took pride in helping raise and show his father's Arabian horses. The family grew through the following years as Rand's brothers Brad, Todd, Scott, and Rob were born. It was here that Rand learned the value of family, and developed a life-long bond with his beloved siblings. Values that he would later pass on to his own children.
Rand graduated from Logan Senior High School in 1967 and Utah State University in 1971 with his bachelor's in History and Political Science. After finishing his degree, his parents paid his way for a European tour with his cousins, Buzzy and Donny. During his time in Spain, he found his spiritual home in the Catholic faith. Rand dedicated his life's work to education; he was passionate about teaching and helping others. He ran a dropout prevention program and taught American history at Brighton High School. He was a student teacher at both Brighton and Grantsville High School where he established an alternative program for students. It was while working as a teacher that he met his wife Nancy. As a father of two young children, and with a third on the way he left teaching to begin working for Salt Lake Community College in 1981 as the Skills Center Placement and Cooperative Education Specialist. He held a variety of positions during his time with the college including the Director of Student Placement, Director of the Career Action Center, and Director of Advanced Technology Center. After the birth of his fourth child, he returned to school and received his MPA in 1988 from the University of Utah. In 2000, he was granted a sabbatical to pursue a doctorate degree at the University of Texas in Austin.
It was during his time in the Community College Leadership program that he fell in love with the Hill Country. After returning to Utah, he served as the Vice President of Business Service at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) Upon retirement in 2005, he was honored by the State of Utah for his instrumental help in expanding college educational programs in the Department of Corrections. While always passionate and driven about the work he did on the behalf of his students, his coworkers loved his charm and humor. After retiring, Rand settled in Dripping Springs, Texas. Where he spent much of his time helping to raise and caring for his beloved grandchildren.
Rand loved to travel especially on his motorcycle and visited forty-eight states with his children. He enjoyed hiking and camping with his children, and he instilled in them the love for nature, wild life, and wildflowers. Rand was an avid reader, especially of mysteries and historical accounts. He dedicated his adult life to the practice of his Catholic faith, and was often known to say "God is Love." He was passionate about music and sharing this joy with his loved ones. Rand had an infectious laugh and a love of life. He found true joy in his family, whether it was a heart to heart about a shared passion for leadership with his eldest, Maria, listening to and talking about records with his son, Richard, bonding over their love for dogs and devotion to education with his daughter, Elizabeth, playing armchair historian with his youngest, Thomas, touring Austin's best BBQ with his grandson, Gabriel, or sharing his love of Texas with his granddaughter, Anna. He was overcome with joy and pride with the birth of his "magnificent" second grandson, Siegfried, in February of this year.
Rand is preceded in death by his father, Vere Hodges Johnson, and his mother, Winifred Amacher Johnson.
He is survived by his children, Maria Louise (David), Richard Joshua (Rita), Elizabeth Anne (Jeffrey), and Thomas John; his three grandchildren Gabriel, Anna, and Siegfried.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, May 11, 2023, at Harrell Funeral Home of Dripping Spring, 100 Heritage Dr., Dripping Spring, Texas.
A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 PM.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 AM on Friday, May 12, 2023, at St. Martin de Porres Roman Catholic Church, 230 Post Oak Dr Dripping Spring. Interment will follow in Puryear Cemetery, Dripping Springs, Texas.
"...Could not My Father instantly send down
Legions of angels in one thunderous gust?
Before a hair of my head was touched,
My enemies would scatter like the dust.
But now the book of life has reached a page
Most precious and most holy. What the pen
Foretold in Scripture here must be fulfilled.
Let prophecy come to pass. Amen.
The course of centuries is like a parable
And, passing, can catch fire. Now, in the name
Of its dread majesty, I am content
To suffer and descend into the tomb.
I shall descend and on the third day rise,
And as the river rafts float into sight,
Towards My Judgement like a string of barges
The centuries will float out of the night."
- Boris Pasternak 1958
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