One of the leading pioneers of the Carroll Independent School District in Southlake, Jack D. Johnson, passed away Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. He was 85.
The native of Westminster, Texas left a far-reaching legacy in Carroll ISD after serving 30 years and was the district’s first superintendent. Mr. Johnson was a great visionary and the first principal in 1957 and became superintendent when Carroll launched as an independent school district in 1959. Over three decades, Johnson was at the forefront of leading a district built on excellence in all areas. He oversaw the expansion of the district, developed exemplary-rated campuses and helped steer Southlake’s transition from a farming community to bustling suburb.
Mr. Johnson, who also served roles as teacher and coach, retired in 1987 but continued his visibility in support of Dragon Nation through various meetings and sporting events. His legacy lives on at Jack D. Johnson Elementary on North Carroll Avenue, which opened in 1981.
For his great contributions to the district’s foundation, Southlake Style magazine recently honored Mr. Johnson in 2012 with the Community Impact Award. He was also honored by Carroll ISD in 2011 as one of the inaugural members of the Dragon Athletic Hall of Honor for his contributions to the development of athletics. He was President of the Texas Association of School Administrators and was active in the University Interscholastic League.
Mr. Johnson served two years in the Army during the Korean War after graduating from East Texas State Teachers College in Commerce. He was born July 12, 1927.
Mr. Johnson was married to his loving wife, Modean, for 57 years. He is survived by his daughter Sheila Croy and husband Larry; son, Tommy Johnson and wife, Renee’; grandchildren, Jeff and Laura Croy, Mitzi Cararra, Mandi Matlock and Charley Johnson; great-grandchildren, Aiden Isom, Sofia Cararra, Modean Croy, Mary and Jack Matlock.