Quiet leadership, as well as a keen sense of humor.
On July 22nd we lost Everett Johnson, a gentleman who was dedicated to his community, state, and nation. Everett represented the 77th District in the Kansas House of Representatives from 2003 through 2006. I had both the privilege and the challenge of following him in that responsibility. I soon learned that Everett was highly respected by his fellow House members. They appreciated his quiet leadership, as well as his keen sense of humor.
Marsha Johnson also contributed while in Topeka as vice-president of the Legislative Spouses Organization.
Although Everett was only able to serve for two terms due to illness he was responsible for the passage of two important bills. The first would allow a teacher to serve on a local school board. He thought it was important to have the insights that a teacher could provide in establishing education policy.
His second piece of legislation provided a tuition-free education at a Kansas Regent’s institution for the spouse or child of a Kansan killed in action while serving our country. Everett served in the United States Navy from 1954 through 1958. Receiving the rank of First Class Petty Officer was one of his proudest accomplishments. While serving in the Navy, Everett participated in the program to determine the consequences of nuclear fallout and thus was considered an Atomic Veteran.
Whether it was teaching electrical engineering or his adult Sunday school class, Everett had a significant impact in our community.
Everett served as a mentor to me and I am proud that I had an opportunity to learn from the best.
David Crum (R-Augusta) is a member of the Kansas House of Representatives, representing District 77.