ALBUQUERQUE ― State Auditor Wayne Johnson announced Tuesday that his father, Charles Johnson, 83, passed away peacefully Saturday, May 26.
The elder Johnson retired from Sandia National Labs, where he worked for more than four decades as he raised a family in New Mexico.
“It’s impossible to express our sense of loss. Dad was brilliant, humble, honest, and the rock that our family was built upon. I am incredibly fortunate to have had him as my father,” Johnson said. “Our family will miss him dearly and we’re thankful for all of your prayers and well wishes.”
Charles rose from truly humble beginnings, born in the tiny railroad town of Hayti in the Missouri boot heel. With a bright mind, curious nature, and determined spirit, he put himself through college in just three years and took a job “out west” with Sandia National Labs where he served as an engineer and a “Distinguished Member” of the Technical Staff. Charles produced training films for classified weapons programs. His last project, one he worked on for several years, was designing video authentication systems for nuclear sites for the International Atomic Energy Agency as part of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty.
In Albuquerque, he met and married Nancy Robinson. Together they raised two boys, Stephen and Wayne, who both graduated from Sandia High School. Charles was active in his churches, loved photography, and had an entrepreneurial spirit. Charles and Nancy would have celebrated their 58th anniversary June 6, 2018.
A visitation will be held 6-8 p.m., Thursday, May 31, at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE. A service and reception will be held at 1 p.m., Friday at the mortuary prior to the interment at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd NE.