JOHNSON, JAY LYNN (1938~2001) Jay Lynn Johnson, Jr. was born in Houston, Harris County, Texas on September 7, 1938, to Jay L. Johnson, Sr. and Ida Louise Breil. Upon moving to Austin, Travis County, Texas with his parents, Johnson attended both Austin High School and the University of Texas at Austin. After college, Johnson entered the business world, where he started a construction company, a real estate firm, and opened several restaurants. Because of his interests in Austin, Johnson was member and on the board of numerous organizations, including the Austin and national Jaycees, the March of Dimes, and the Austin Heritage Society. His civic interests led him to a seat on the Austin City Council, which he held from 1969 to 1971. After suffering defeat in his next election bid, Johnson did not shy away from his civic duties. He spent many years working to improve Austin's landmarks, businesses, and residences. His work earned him many awards and recognition. He was chosen as one Austin's Outstanding Young Man in 1970, selected as one of 2000 Men of Achievement, and received the Leadership Award from the March of Dimes. Johnson's love of Texas history led him to create Celebrate Texas, which was begun to revive the celebration of Texas Independence Day, March 2. Johnson passed away on July 26, 2001, and was buried in the Texas State Cemetery four days later.
Information taken from obituary, Austin American-Statesman, July 30, 2001, and article, "Ex-council member celebrated Texas," Austin American-Statesman, July 28, 2001.