D.K. Johnson

July 16, 2019

Funeral service for Lt. D.K. Johnson, Ret. DPS, 80, of Nacogdoches, will be held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at Laird Funeral Home with Bro. Jerry Wilson and Bro. Mike Britton officiating.  Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery.

Mr. Johnson passed away on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 in Tyler, Texas. He was born on February 16, 1939, in White Oak, Texas.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Monday, July 15, 2019, at Laird Funeral Home.

David Kenneth Johnson was raised in Hawkins and Longview area.  He graduated from Longview High School and later attended Sam Houston State University and Kilgore College where he obtained an Associate degree.  He excelled in shop and woodworking and was a talented football player.  He was also a boy scout.  During middle school, he made a great friend in Delores.  The two dated and were married in 1958.  They raised their children and loved them dearly.  He coached in Dixie League baseball and enjoyed fishing and playing with his grandkids.  He always had what was referred to as “Grandpaisms” that the grands and great grands loved to hear.  D.K. (as he was later known) was saddened with the loss of his precious wife in 2005 after 47 years of marriage.

In 1960, D.K. pursued his dream of being a DPS Trooper.  He was accepted into the academy, thus beginning a 35-year career with Department of Public Safety, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant.  Of his 35 years, he was in a supervisory role for 25 of those years.  He had many accomplishments during his tenure as a law enforcement officer.  He was an instructor at Angelina College Police Academy and DPS Police Academy in Austin, Master Peace Officer, DPS Special Ranger, board member and LEO Representative for The Regional Trauma Service Council, and a member of NCPOA and ETPOA.  He worked in Nacogdoches, Harrison, Angelina, Jasper, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, Trinity and Tyler counties, serving as Sergeant at Liberty and Nacogdoches counties.  After his retirement, he served as interim police chief in San Augustine for 1 year.

D.K.’s extensive service with DPS was important and he was very proud of it.  However, his love of God and his dedication to his church outweighed everything else.  He loved our Lord and Savior and devoted himself to teaching His word.  D.K. accepted Christ as his Savior when he was 7 years old.  He was an ordained deacon for over 52 years, taught Sunday School, was a choir member, church trustee and lovingly supported the church he was involved with.  D.K.’s extensive and devoted service to Christ was admirable.  He was a longtime member and deacon at both University Baptist Church and Westside Missionary Baptist Church in Nacogdoches and most recently he attended at Oakland Heights Baptist Church in Longview.  He loved to sing bass with a gospel quartet at University Baptist Church (which was College Heights at the time), where he also served as choir director.

Mr. Johnson is survived by his children, Kelly Kerr and husband, Mark, of Nacogdoches, Kim Melton of Longview and David Johnson and wife, Teri, of Diboll; grandchildren, Jessy Wheeler and husband, Jim, of Robinson, Chase Singleton of Nacogdoches, Clay Singleton of Nacogdoches, Ryan Melton and wife, Joyce, of Longview, Kyle Melton of Longview, April Wilson and husband, Scott, of New Mexico, Rebecca Carney and husband, Terry, of Ft. Worth and Allen Johnson of Alaska; 11 great grandchildren; brothers, Harold Johnson and wife, Elvera, of Weatherford and Preston Johnson of North Carolina.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Delores Johnson, his sister, Betty Lambright and his parents,Zodas Lewis and Gladys Ovelle Holt Johnson.

Pallbearers for the service will be Paul Hopson, Mike McClain, David Amos, Pete Baggett, Tom Maddox, Jesse Wilburn, John Hooper, and Joe Evans. Honorary pallbearers are David Fischer, David Wisener, Pete Davis, David Martin, Robin Wright, and Tom Jeanes.

The Johnson family is being served by Laird Funeral Home. To convey condolences or to sign an online register, please visit

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