Rites Tuesday for Joe Johnson, 81, Businessman and Schools Backer
October 28, 1990
FULLERTON — Memorial services will be held Tuesday for Joe Webster Johnson, 81, who founded Fullerton Motor Parts in 1934 and owned auto parts stores in Brea, Buena Park, La Habra, Garden Grove, Orange and Anaheim.
Johnson, 81, died Friday at his Fullerton home.
He served 16 years on the Fullerton Union High School District and Fullerton Junior College board of trustees in the 1950s and '60s. For the last 30 years he had been active in the Fullerton College Foundation and was a board member at the time of his death.
"He was very devoted to education," said Judie Helms of Fullerton, Johnson's daughter. "He had a sense of community and knew how important it was to keep things going.”
Helms said one of Johnson's favorite public service activities was the time he spent as chairman of the YMCA's drive in the early 1950s to build a mountain camp at Osceola in the San Bernardino Mountains.
He was a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Fullerton and was a member of the organization from 1936 to 1989.
In addition to Helms, he is survived by his wife, Velda L. Johnson; another daughter, Cynthia Foster, also of Fullerton; a son, Albert L. Johnson of Orange; two sisters, Helen Harwood of Grass Valley and Anna Spencer of Yorba Linda; three brothers, Ben A. Johnson of Fullerton, Robert B. Johnson of Lake Elsinore and Russell E. Johnson of Meridian, Idaho, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church in Fullerton.