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Obituary: Johnny Russell Harper Aug. 13, 1947 – Sept. 19, 2017

on January 7, 2018 - 9:35am

JOHNNY RUSSELL HARPER Aug. 13, 1947 – Sept. 19, 2017

Johnny Russell Harper was born in San Francisco, California to parents Grant and Beatrice Harper. He was raised at the farm in Redrock, NM. After Johnny received his Master of Science Degree in Radiological Science in 1971, he moved to Los Alamos to start his career with University of California at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Johnny worked at Los Alamos until he retired in 2010.

He is survived by his wife Margaret of Corrales, NM and son Aaron of McPherson, Kansas. He is also survived by his sister Robin Wilson of Tucson, Arizona.

Johnny and Margaret married in 1978. They had one son, Aaron.

Johnny was a man of many interests, some of his favorite things to do were Race-Walking, and he and Margaret race-walked for many years and enjoyed ½ marathons and competed in many races. Johnny loved being outdoors and was a beautiful gardener and cared for trees and plants. He grew an amazing home garden with many fruit and nut trees and put in a water pond for Margaret. Johnny thoroughly loved going to the Bosque Del Apache for the annual Festival of Cranes. He and Margaret made the annual event for at least 18 years. His greatest pleasure was bringing people with him to experience the event for the first time.

Johnny was a very spiritual man and was a member of both the Zen Center of Albuquerque and Santa Fe. He was also a member of the Tai Chi Chih Center in Albuquerque.

His love of music came after meeting Margaret; they traveled to concerts near and far. Two of his favorites was Leonard Cohen, and AC/DC.

We must also mention his beloved dog and constant companion, Dharma. They walked daily in the Bosque near their home.

Johnny sincerely cared for the wellbeing of everyone he came in contact with. He will be missed by the many people whose life he touched.