With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Paul David Johns on September 26, 2023. Paul was born on August 8, 1933, in Miami, Florida, to Viola Clauss Johns and Christ Johns. He died peacefully, with his wife and daughters by his side.\n\nPaul was a beacon of warmth, compassion, wit and wisdom throughout his remarkable life. He touched the lives of many with his infectious smile, support, and genuine concern for others. A child of the challenging Depression years, he built an incredible career and had such generosity and gratitude for his life.\n\nA devoted husband, he was the beloved spouse of Jan Nordman Johns, with whom he shared 65 years of joy, companionship, and enduring love. Together, they built a life founded on mutual respect and unwavering partnership, demonstrating to all who knew them the true meaning of a soulmate.\n\nPaul leaves behind his children, Stephanie (Epps) Jones and Sara J. Ponte, who were a source of immeasurable pride and joy. He instilled in them values of integrity, perseverance, and the importance of family. He is also survived by the grandchildren he adored: William Epps Jones, (Parker) Charles Gamble Jones, Sara Margaret Jones, Paul David Ponte and John Stuart Ponte, as well as a host of nephews and nieces whom he loved and mentored. Paul's legacy will live on through all of them, as they carry forward his wisdom and love in the world.\n\nHe served in the Army, training at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, followed by tours of duty in Korea and Japan. He was a graduate of Roosevelt High School and of Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he earned his BS and MBA with honors.\n\nThroughout his career, Paul was known for his exceptional sales skills and unwavering commitment to excellence. He built a large group of devoted employees and colleagues over the years, whom he watched over and worked alongside with equally high levels of expectation and care. His IBM team, “Gridlings”, “Saddleites” and others valued his coaching, feedback, compassion, and leadership.\n\nPaul was an accomplished competitive swimmer, taking to the water like a fish. As a child, he would sneak on to the J62 bus through downtown Miami to the beach to swim in the ocean. He instilled a love for the water in his daughters as well. His passion for bicycling was infectious, too, inspiring those around him to join him on long rides and cycling trips. He was an infamously early riser, and approached each day with a spirit of adventure and energy. He firmly believed in the power of a shared meal, and a good nap.\n\nHe was an avid student of the Bible, and a dedicated Sunday School leader and church member. His students at Northminster Presbyterian Church will never forget his performance as Moses Baby, or his groundbreaking Books of the Bible rap. He led several Bible study groups in his retirement years, and organized worship services for the Easter and Christmas holidays in their community, the Highlands. He was a comfort and a faith mentor to so many.\n\nPaul David Johns leaves behind a legacy of love, kindness, and a lifetime of cherished memories. He will be deeply missed and forever remembered by all who had the privilege of knowing him.\n\nHis would insert his favorite benediction here: may the grace & peace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you and abide in you, now and forevermore.\n\nIn lieu of flowers, since no one appreciated a good meal more than Paul, the family asks that you consider a donation to the Marana chapter of the Community Food Bank, 11734 West Grier Road, Marana, AZ 85653.