Former longtime Routt County resident Theodore Frederick "T.J." Johnson passed away April 26, 2003. He was 81.
T.J. was born May 2, 1921, in Glidden, Iowa, to Laeta Mae and Theodore Frederick Johnson. T.J. was raised in Boulder, Colo.
A skilled pilot, he served in the Air Force during World War II.
T.J. spent nearly 50 years as an independent oil producer in the oil and gas production business.
He was a longtime businessman and property owner in the Steamboat Springs area, where he owned the Red Barn Ranch when it was an operational horse rental, guide and outfitting business.
T.J. also owned the Elk River Guest Ranch and the Running Elk development in Clark.
He was an avid fisherman who spent many days on the Elk River, and Pearl and Steamboat lakes. He loved the high country and lived in Colorado most of his life.
T.J. will always be remembered as the big man with a pipe and hearty laugh. He was outgoing, fun-loving and enjoyed entertaining and cooking.
It was rare to see him without a pipe and a mischievous twinkle in his eye.
T.J. spent his later years in Canoga Park, Calif., where he retired with his wife, Jan.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, George, and a sister, Dagmar.
T.J. is survived by his wife of 33 years, Janet Lee; a daughter, DeAnn Lubell of Palm Springs, Calif.; a son, Theodore Frederick Johnson III of Hollywood, Calif., and a granddaughter, Tanya Rene Martin-Myers of Denver.