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J.E. Jake Johnson Passes Away at 93


J. E. “Jake” Johnson, who served as an international vice president of IATSE from 1974 to 1990, passed away at the age of 93 on Saturday, May 18.

Johnson began his career in the IATSE as a projectionist in 1944 and was a member of Operators Local No. 330 in Fort Worth, Texas. He served his local union as business agent for over 10 years, and also served as the secretary of IATSE District No. 6. In March of 1974 at the mid-Winter meeting of the general executive board, he was unanimously elected by the board to serve as seventh international vice president of the IATSE.

As noted in the minutes of the general executive board meeting from March 11-12, 1990, Johnson had spoken of retirement for some time but was persuaded to remain on the board, “because he was invaluable to the welfare of the Alliance.”

His wife Peggy of over 50 years passed away in 2003. He is survived by his son Alan and two daughters Debbie Boynton and Mary Hasenbeck, as well as seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and nine great, great-grandchildren.

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