Dr. Byron de Marse Johnson, III

Dr. Byron de Marse Johnson III

Dr. Byron de Marse Johnson, III

Dr. Byron de Marse Johnson III was born on December 6, 1942. He grew up in Ada, Oklahoma. He attended East Central Oklahoma State University where he became a Charter Member of Phi Kappa Tau. He was well liked by his Fraternity Brothers and is remembered as having a great sense of humor. His pledge Brothers are Dr. Bill Bailey, Patrick Ballard, Glen Bamburg, Ray Bennett, Philip Biddy, James Chapman, Larry Compton, Roger Ellis, Gary Graham, Ted Key, Dale Lamb, John Lowry Sr., C. Quinn Osborn, Roy Pennington, Major Mike Redden, Clifton Sikes, and Larry Thomas.

Dr. Johnson joined the Marine Corps after graduating from college, much to his parents’ dismay as it was during the Vietnam war. Brother Johnson attended Electronics School and Radar School and excelled in both.

He was stationed near the Canadian border. Brother Johnson received an Honorable Discharge.  He graduated from the Oklahoma State University School of Pharmacology and became a pharmacist. He later went to medical school at the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He set up a practice in Ada, Oklahoma and at Joseph Harp Correctional Center in Lexington, Oklahoma. Brother Johnson died of an autoimmune disorder at the age of fifty.

Brother Johnson was married three times: Jeannie Bell of Tishomingo, Prissie Thomas of Norman and Londa Lancaster of Latta.  He has two children, Amanda and Christopher and three grandchildren, Claire, Sawyer and Scarlet. Brother Johnson’s sister, Laura, was the 1967 Phi Tau candidate in the Ms. Ada Pageant where she was the 1st Runner Up.