Rawley Dean Johnson

  • Born: April 5, 1939
  • Died: August 17, 2020
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas

Porter Loring Mortuary North

2102 North Loop 1604 East
San Antonio, TX 78232

Tel. (210) 495-8221

Tribute & Message From The Family

Rawley Dean Johnson passed away on August 17, 2020. Born into a farming family in Victoria, Texas, April 5, 1939, he earned a football scholarship and degree in math at Texas Lutheran University where he met his future wife, Nancy Lorenz, a student there. They married in 1962 and moved to Houston for his work at Shell Oil.

Later in San Antonio, Texas, he worked as a geo-physics engineer at Petty Geophysical and spent 36 years at Southwest Research Institute on projects such as nuclear containment and early computer information development, sometimes traveling globally for work. Retirement years were spent with family, raising cattle in central Texas and even traveling to Uganda for missions.

Rawley's Christian faith was central to his life. He is preceded in death by his parents and four brothers. His surviving loving wife, Nancy, four siblings, children: Jamie, Andrew, Paula, grandchildren: Emily, Evan, Ellie, and Bea, son-in-law: David, and five great-grandchildren consider him the finest role model anyone could ever be blessed to call Rawley, Dad, or Papa.

Private services will be held on undetermined future dates. Memorials may be sent to Salvation Army, 521 West Elmira, San Antonio 78212, 210-352-2000.

Condolence & Memory Journal

I was so sorry to hear of Rawley's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are extended to Nancy and the family. What a great person. Had not talked to Rawley in years, but always had a world of respect for him. I knew him as quiet, intelligent, very respectful person who was a tremendous teammate at TLC-the best of the Johnson "boys". Rawley was just an outstanding person. He was quiet, but when he did speak, he usually made an awesome statement. He had tremendous character and was a gentle, quiet leader-a man of action. See you on the other side my friend.

Posted by Frank Arnold - Boerne, TX - Classmate   August 26, 2020

Sincere and heartfelt condolences Aunt Nancy, Jamie, Andy, Paula and family. Will always remember Uncle Rawley's kindness and warm smile.

Posted by Karen Gallagher - MCKINNEY, TX   August 25, 2020

Rawley always had a smile and encouraged me to press on in my Faith. He was a very good example of a man of God.

Posted by Becky Bryant - Floresville, TX - Coworker   August 25, 2020

My condolences to the family for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Rawley was one of the finest individuals I've ever known and worked with. He will be missed. May he rest in peace.

-Ralph Reyes

Posted by Ralph Reyes - D'Hanis, TX - Friend   August 24, 2020

Our deepest condolences to you all during this time. We will have you in our prayers.

Posted by Mark Marshall - San Antonio, TX - Neighbor   August 24, 2020

Nancy, from all of the Koehlers, are deepest sympathy, prayers, and hugs!
I think my brothers would agree with me that even though it may have been seldom, when Nancy and Rawley were at Doris and Marvin's we knew we had two more in our corner! I think that, at least us 6 boys, all learned a lot from Rawley! He felt like a older brother coming in for a visit.
So, we treasure some fond memories and hope that you and your kids will grab unto many more memories and good times. Five years later, I still miss my mom everyday but I also know that with dad's current state of being it would have been really hard on her. So, my faith and love endures! We will continue to think of you all and pray for comfort.
Love, Jeff, Charlie, Steve, Gregg, and Nancy

Posted by Jeff Koehler - Friend   August 23, 2020

I worked with Rawley Johnson for many years at Southwest Research Institute. He was one of the most kind individuals I ever worked with, and I respected him greatly. I will miss him and let his family know he was a real leader and one of those special people whom was a bit closer to God than the rest of us. We were all privileged to work and live with him over the years. -- Bruce, San Antonio Area.

Posted by Bruce Mabrito - Fair Oaks, TX - Coworker   August 23, 2020

Condolences to the family as you all remember this wonderful man of God who taught so many the Word, how to love and obey God and how to be a loving husband. He will be truly missed.

Posted by Michelle Ragan - San Antonio, TX - Family Friend   August 22, 2020

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