Marc Denzel Johnson
Marc Denzel Johnson of Cranfills Gap went home to be with the Lord on March 23, 2013. A memorial service for Marc was held Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church where he was an active member. He lived in faith and died in grace. He was born Nov. 7, 1938 to Elvis and Ina Johnson, Baptized as a baby on Dec. 11, 1938 and confirmed on May 24, 1953 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church. On May 23, 1957 he married Betty A. Knudson, and then served in the U.S. Navy until 1961 as a jet engine mechanic. Marc returned to Cranfills Gap, and in 1969 he helped start Gap Tractor Salvage. He was locally known as the “Fat Man” from the Gap, and all over the United States he was well known as the expert in “experienced” tractor parts. He had a passion for antique tractors, emceeing at tractor pulls and auctioneering at various benefits in the area. He was always a passionate volunteer for a good cause, even working with UPS for 16 years to get them the right to carry packages intra-state. Marc became very popular for writing a column “Marc’s Remarks,” which ran in local newspapers for many years. He served as mayor of Cranfills Gap from 1990-1999, striving to further the development of the water department among other projects critical to the town. Marc never met a stranger – he became friends with everyone he met and worked with. Now those friends are too numerous to count. Preceding Marc in death are his parents; two sons, Marcus Wayne Johnson and Jeffery Don Johnson; and his sister, Carla Sue Johnson. He is survived by his wife, Betty, of 56 years, son Tommy Wayne Johnson, and grandson Kevin Wayne Johnson all of Cranfills Gap; and a sister Marilyn Barnes of Robinson. There are many cousins, nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Olaf Lutheran Church, 402 Meridian Street in Cranfills Gap, TX 76637 or your favorite charity. Clifton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.