David H. Johnson was born in 1938 in Marfa, Texas, the hometown of his
maternal grandfather. His family lived in Alpine, where his father was
employed by the Border Patrol. After his father transferred to the
Immigration Service, the family lived briefly in New Mexico and
Arizona. His father was then assigned to the Immigration Office in El
Paso, Texas. Dave lived there with his family until 1961, and attended the local
Dave served 3 years in the U.S. Army at Fort Bliss, less than 2 miles
from the family home. Following basic training, Dave lived at home
while he attended the High Altitude Guided Missile School. He went on
to teach Nike Ajax and Nike Hercules computer maintenance.
Dave accepted a position as a Philco TechRep, first returning to the
Missile School as an instructor, and later transferred to the Air
Force Satellite Tracking Station outside Manchester, New Hampshire.
During his tour at the Tracking Station, Dave realized the importance
of a college degree, returned to El Paso and attended Texas Western
College (Now the University of Texas-El Paso). There he earned a B.S.
in Physics and completed the academic requirements for a master's
degree, but returned to work before completing his thesis.
This was the beginning of a 40+ year career in the aerospace industry.
The first half consisted of technical work in satellites, satellite
command and control systems, and data and information management
systems in general. The other half, Dave spent in corporate
communications for companies that build, operate or manage satellite
and information systems, and in business development operations.
The business of satellite command and control requires one to spend
lengthy times away from home, working at the completion sites of the
satellites and ground systems. Dave's longest separation from home was
Dave believes he is a fifth generation Mason. His maternal great
grandfather, grandfather, and father were all Masons.
Dave was raised a Master Mason in 1966, in Sunland Lodge #1344. He
holds a dual membership in Bend Lodge #139, serving as Master in 2007,
and holds a life-membership there, as well. He is also a life-member
of Redmond Lodge #154, Prineville Lodge #76 and Robert Burns Lodge #97.
He served as District Deputy of District #19 for three years.
Dave received Scottish Rite Degrees in the Valley of San Jose, CA in
1979. He transferred his membership to the Baker Valley bodies in 2005, and
is an active member of the 18th and 28th Degree teams. Dave was invested
with the rank of Knight Commander Court of Honour (K.C.C.H.) in 2013.
He received his York Rite Degrees and Orders in San Jose, CA in 1980,
and transferred his membership to the Central Oregon York Rite bodies in 2006.
Dave was created a Noble in Islam Temple (now Asiya Shriners) in San
Francisco in 1980, and transferred his membership to Al Kader in 2002.
Since then, he has been active in the Central Oregon Shrine Club,
serving as its President in 2005, and in the Silver Arrow Patrol,
driving a go-cart. For several years, he was also editor of the COSC
newsletter. Dave is also a member of the Harney County Shrine Club. He
is a member of the Order of the Q, and served as Editor of the Al
Kader Oasis from 2005 to 2013. Dave has also acted as webmaster for
the Al Kader website.
Dave and Lynn were married in 1978. Together they raised two sons, and
they have two grandchildren. Lady Lynn is an active member of the
Daughters of the Nile, and for several years was hostess for the
Central Oregon Shrine Club. Lynn supports the Portland Hospital by
making "surgery" dolls, and the Al Kader Transportation Fund with a
portion of the proceeds she receives for her aprons and Christmas tree skirts.