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Floyd Johnson
Wednesday, January 4, 2012 • Posted January 4, 2012

Floyd Ralph Johnson of Mason was born on June 25, 1935, and went to be with the Lord on December 28, 2011 at the age of 76.He is survived by his twin brother, Royce C. Johnson and wife Carolyn of Dallas; sister, Dorothy Tatsch of Mason; and, sister-in-law, Eulene Johnson of Mason.As a young boy, Floyd was always a hard worker. As an athlete, he was exceptionally small, but always showed he was as tough as the bigger boys. After graduating high school, he went to work for his half-brother, Wilburn “Pee Wee” Johnson, a foreman for H. B. Zachrary Pipeline Construction Company. Floyd swamped for a bulldozer operator. Times were hard for farmers in Mason and his parents had to work on pipeline jobs as well. Floyd learned to operate a dozer. He later went to day, working on ranches and got a job working on the Jeffers Ranch for Clarence McDougle. He worked ranch work, shearing sheep and breaking horses until he joined the United States Marines in 1957. He stayed in the Marines for three years, and then he returned home to Mason.He again went to work on the Jeffers Ranch, working for Mason Crocker. He worked the ranch for them until they left and Billy Jones took over. He worked for the Jones family until 2002 when they gave up their ranch lease. He then moved to a small acreage outside of Mason that belonged to his parents. There, he had two good cow horses that he used for day working, and he ran a few steers on the place.Floyd devoted himself to lending his hard work and expertise to assist in the production of Mason County rodeos, benefit roping events, rehabilitation efforts, West Texas Boys Ranch benefit rodeos, as well as the annual Jaycee Rodeo events, Mason High School FFA, 4-H Rodeos and countless additional area events to promote charitable contributions for numerous local citizens who were injured or had become ill. Floyd worked tirelessly in this regard for at least the past fifty years.For the past half century, it would be impossible for anyone to remember any such event that did not include Floyd being present, right in the middle of the rodeo arena, always cheerfully working with everyone available, promoting the events to the benefit of all citizens. Some remember getting to know Floyd at the County Fairgrounds, clipboard in hand and always presenting his wonderful and well known laugh. Floyd was always there, making sure that all rodeo participants were safe and secure as they enjoyed the festivities.Floyd was probably Mason’s last true cowboy that rode horses every day, checking cattle fences and horses on his part of the Jeffers Ranch. His friends and family will miss his laughter, big smile and heart of gold. Friday night suppers will never be the same for his Supper Club Group, and everyone will miss him riding in the old car during the Round Up parade. Floyd was an exceptional man that some considered born after his time, he was meant to ride the ranchland... always a cowboy at heart.A memorial service in his honor was held on Saturday, December 31 at the rodeo arena.Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Mason Funeral Home.Condolences may be sent to the family at masonfuneralhome.net.

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