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Longtime Lawyer in City of F.C. L. Farnum Johnson Jr. Dies

L. Farnum Johnson, Jr. died March 31 in Littleton, Colo. of complications from congestive heart failure and diabetes. He had lived in suburban Denver since 2007. He was 82.

Mr. Johnson was a sole practitioner who maintained a law office in the City of Falls Church from 1955 until his retirement. He was a 1954 graduate of The George Washington University Law School and a member of the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity.

A native of Colorado, he moved to Northern Virginia as a young boy when his father accepted a position in the Roosevelt administration. He graduated from Falls Church High School and attended the University of Colorado as an undergraduate. In 2007, he retired from the practice of law to relocate to Colorado to be closer to his daughter, grandchildren, and sister.

Mr. Johnson concentrated his practice in the area of trust and estate administration. He was the chairman and co-managing trustee of The Ruth and Hal Launders Charitable Trust, one of the largest private charitable foundations in Virginia. Long active in Democratic politics, he organized the Fairfax County Young Democrats and served on the Fairfax County Democratic Committee. He was a longtime member of the Falls Church Rotary Club.

He is survived by his wife, Lynne, two children, and two grandchildren.

Interment was private in Buffalo Creek, Colo.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Homestretch, Inc., 303 South Maple Ave., Falls Church, VA 22046, or to Project CURE, 10377 E. Geddes Ave., Suite 200, Centennial, CO 80112.