Former Harvey Mayor David Johnson Passes Away at Age 72 (Harvey, IL) – Former Harvey Mayor David Johnson passed away on Saturday at the age of 72. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Bonnye Johnson, two daughters, and siblings.
According to a press release received by The Southland Journal, Johnson spent 12 years serving as Mayor of Harvey, IL beginning in 1983. He was Harvey’s first African American mayor. Johnson also served on the board of the West Harvey-Dixmoor Board of Education in the late 70s and early 80s. Johnson was also a professor of African History, African American History, Political Science, Sociology, and Urban Studies at many area colleges and universities, including South Suburban College, Prairie State College, Trinity Christian College, and Governors State University. He taught for 36 years.
Johnson matriculated through McKinley Elementary School, Thornton Township High School, Howard University, and Rutgers University.
Johnson’s family released the following statement regarding his death:
“It is with deep sadness that we announce [David Johnson] transitioned to heaven Saturday, May 15, 2021. As we navigate this painful journey of grieving, we stand in total gratitude – giving God all the glory & praise for His favor on David’s life of nearly 73 years. We stand in complete gratitude for the enduring impact David made in our lives, his extended family, as well as the legions of people he reached as a lifelong servant leader.”
The Southland Journal does not yet have any funeral/service details.
Former Harvey Mayor David Johnson Passes Away at Age 72