Eric

December 15, 1944 ~ October 11, 2022

Born in: Duncan, Oklahoma
Resided in: Placentia, California

Eric Doyle Johns left this world on Oct 11, 2022, at the age of 77. Despite the challenges with ALS this past year, he passed peacefully listening to his favorite musicians.

Eric is survived by his wife, Vicki Dubreuil Johns; former wife and mother of his children, Ba Kim Johns; two children, Thai (Jennifer) Johns and Julie (James) Bridgeman; five grandchildren, Andrew, Emma, Sarah, Tyler and Addison; two sisters, Lee Ann (Robert) Kinzer and Barbara (Keith) Arnett; nephew and nieces, Jacob, Kirsten and Robin; stepdaughter, Carrie (Will) Trigg; four step grandchildren, Hayley, Marcus, Lyndsey and Courtney; two step great grandchildren; and many Vietnamese relatives of his former wife, whom he helped immigrate to the US.

As a child, Eric wanted to grow up to be an Indian, but instead he became an Eagle Scout. He graduated from the Pasadena Playhouse College of Theatre Arts with a BFA and University of Indiana with an MBA. He served 2 1/2 years in the US Army, 1 year as a reporter for Star and Stripes and more than 20 years with the US General Accounting Office.

He ran the LA Marathon 5 times, taught Vacation Bible School for 9 summers at the First Christian Church in Torrance, CA, played Strat-O-Matic Baseball for over 30 years winning the championship in 1997, hiked to the top of Half Dome at Yosemite National Park, served as board member and treasurer for Pasadena Playhouse Alumni, assisted special needs children for 11 years in Anaheim City schools, collected vintage Marx playset figures and catalogued them at marxwildwest.com, and participated in community theatre. In 2020, his last performance was as the inspector in the play An Inspector Calls in Westminster, CA.

A graveside service with military honors will be held on Nov. 12, at the Duncan Municipal Cemetery in Duncan, Oklahoma, where he was born and spent many cherished years growing up and visiting as a young adult.

We invite you to make a donation to the ALS Association at als.org or Yosemite Conservancy at Yosemite.org or the ASPCA at aspca.org in his honor, in place of flowers.

The family would like to thank the Veterans Affairs staff, in particular those in Long Beach, for their compassionate care and generous resources.

 

December 15, 1944               Eric born in Duncan, Oklahoma

May 26, 1950                         Graduated from Sacred Heart Kindergarten in Duncan

Easter 1957                            Baptized at the Lawton First Christian Church

Summer 1958                        Attended first Major League Baseball game, New York Yankees at the Kansas City Athletics

August 1958                           Sailed to Italy on the U.S.S. Constitution.  Attended school for the next three years at Vicenza American High School

June 15, 1962                         Graduated from Yorktown High School, Arlington, Virginia

August 1962                            Began college at the University of Richmond, Virginia

March 10, 1964                      Performed in first play, Dylan Thomas’ “Under Milkwood,” at the University of Richmond

January 1965                         Transferred to the Pasadena Playhouse College of Theatre Arts in California

Summer 1965                        Spent first of two summers as summer stock apprentice at the North Shore Music Theater in Beverly, Massachusetts

June 11, 1967                         Received B.A. Degree in Theatre Arts from the Pasadena Playhouse

June 15, 1967                         Enlisted in Army

May 1968                               Arrived in Vietnam, sailing across the Pacific Ocean on the U.S.N.S. Pope.  Assigned as a writer/editor with the Public Information Office of the 9th Infantry Division in the Mekong Delta

December 11, 1968               Transferred to the Saigon Bureau of the “Stars and Stripes” newspaper as a news correspondent

February 2, 1970                   Son Thai born

March 17, 1970                      Hired as a civilian in Vietnam, working as an insurance clerk with military retail stores

February 1971                       Purchased first car – a yellow Volkswagen bug — during 3-month trip back to the U.S.

May 1971                               Hired as a writer with the military contractor Pacific Architects and Engineers in Vietnam

April 9, 1973                          Married Ba Thi Ta

May 21, 1973                         Daughter Julie born

September 2, 1973                Performed in last play, Tennessee Williams’ “Desire Under the Elms,” at the American Community Theater in Saigon

December 3, 1973                 Returned to the U.S. with family

June 10, 1974                         Hired by the Veterans Administration (VA) Regional Office in Indianapolis as a veterans representative to assist military veterans receiving GI bill benefits.

May 7, 1979                           Received Masters of Business Administration Degree from Indiana University in Gary, Indiana

April 20, 1980                        Hired as a management analyst by the Chicago Regional Office of the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO)

May 1980                               Passed all five parts of the Certified Public Accountant Exam

January 10, 1981                   Received Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Accounting at Indiana University in Gary, Indiana

August 22, 1982                    Promoted to GS-12 GAO evaluator (Band I full performance)

June 20, 1983                         Licensed as Certified Public Accountant

February 17, 1985                 Assigned as Training Coordinator in GAO’s Chicago Office

November 10, 1985              Moved to Torrance, California, transferring to GAO’s Los Angeles Office

May 1986                               Assigned to the Audit of the Veterans Administration’s FY 1986 Financial Statements, GAO’s second financial statement audit of a major Federal agency.

March 1, 1987                        Ran the L.A. marathon, the first of five marathons, all during 1987 and 1988.

November 17, 1991              Became a member of the Torrance First Christian Church

July 1993                                Taught Vacation Bible School at Torrance FCC for first of nine years

August 1993                          Served as juror on murder trial at the Los Angeles Superior Court in Torrance

July 1994                                Made first of many camping trips to Yosemite National Park

April 22, 2000                        Married Vicki Lynn Dubreuil

April 3, 2002                          Retired

In retirement Eric continued to play Strat-O-Matics, became a collector of Marx playset figures and accessories attending shows around the country and creating a website dedicated to Marx (marxwildwest.com), became a teaching assistant for special needs children, worked at the Disney ticket booth, and travelled around the country by car visiting many relatives and friends.

 

 

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  1. What a loss. Eric was the consumate nice guy. He was a caring and loyal friend. I’ll miss him.
    Good night sweet prince. Flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.
    Anne Cheek La Rose

  2. Eric was unique and special person, who loved his family (which included his dogs) and loved and participated hugely in life. Will miss Eric! Hugs and warm fuzzies and condolences to his family and friends!

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