David E. Johnson Sr., a retired construction company equipment superintendent and avid sports fan, died of heart failure Saturday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Pasadena resident was 72.
Mr. Johnson was born in Salem, Mass., and spent his early years in Syracuse, N.Y., before moving to Towson. After graduating from Towson High School in 1954, he attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration.
He worked for a trading-stamp company from 1958 to 1961, when he joined C. J. Langenfelder & Sons, a contracting company.
At the time of his 2000 retirement, Mr. Johnson was equipment superintendent at the company's Sparrow's Point facility.
Mr. Johnson, who earlier had lived in Gambrills for 30 years, was a Baltimore Colts fan, especially during the 1960s and 1970s, family members said.
His wife of 21 years, the former Mary Lue Holt, died in 1979.
A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday at Baldwin Memorial United Methodist Church, 921 Generals Highway in Millersville.
Surviving are his wife of 24 years, the former Susan Willis; a son, David E. Johnson Jr. of Annapolis; a stepson, William Spencer of Hanson, Mass.; a stepdaughter, Lori Spencer of Glen Rock, Pa.; and four grandchildren.
Frederick N. Rasmussen