Johnson remembered

He loved life, fishing, family, friends

From Rick Shock:

Tim, this is from the heart. I hope this is what you are looking for. Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to help us with the loss of a friend.

Jimmy Johnson was "The Texas Legend" – a legendary bass fisherman in Texas. I believe he was born with a fishing rod in his hands. As early as three years old, he was fishing with his dad out of an aluminum boat with a 6-hp motor and a Zebco 33. I recall him telling me that those were some of the best times of his life.

He was a great mentor for both kids and adults. He loved participating in the B.A.S.S. CastingKids competitions and was always eager to pass on his skills to both kids and adults. He was a big supporter of the Wounded Warriors events and got great satisfaction in giving something back to these men and women that gave so much for our freedom.

His accomplishments in bass fishing are too many to mention but I think one of his best memories was leading the Bassmaster Central Open on the Red River in Shreveport and also being a two-time Texas B.A.S.S. Nation state champion.

He also loved supporting his sponsors – Boerne Marine, a Skeeter Boats dealer in Boerne, Texas, and Waterloo Rods, a custom rod company in Victoria, Texas. He had such a deep appreciation and admiration for the two men that sponsored him – Ken Parker of Boerne Marine and Jimmy Burns at Waterloo. These guys were his heroes. He was just so awed that they would support him in his fishing.

For the young man that took his life, I will pray for your soul. You took a good man from us. However, I pray that you repent from your sin to God so that one day you can apologize to Jimmy. I know Jimmy would be forgiving. That was the kind of man he was.

—Rick Shock, Victoria, Texas