John Jacob Johnson
Bodil Marie Jensen
Absolom Owen Talbot Jr.
Margaret Burrows
Alexander L Johnson
Lula Mae Talbot

DeWayne Burton Johnson


Family Links

1. Lorna Doone Wallace

2. Lily Rose Petit

DeWayne Burton Johnson 1 2

  • Born: 18 Apr 1920, Newman Grove, Madison, Nebraska, United States
  • Marriage (1): Lorna Doone Wallace on 22 Aug 1942 in Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Marriage (2): Lily Rose Petit on 4 Jun 2011
  • Died: 31 Dec 2014, Holy Cross Medical Center, Mission Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States at age 94
  • Buried: Eternal Valley, Newhall, Los Angeles, California, United States

   Another name for DeWayne was DeWayne "Doc" Johnson.

  Research Notes:

Source: Family records of DeWayne B. Johnson

Birth Certificate: Attending physician was Frank Jensen. First name originally misspelled as "Dwaine," subsequently corrected by hand on the certificate. Born at 11:00 am on Sunday, April 18, 1920, in City of Newman Grove, Township of Shell Creek, County of Madison, State of Nebraska, United States. Father Alexander Johnson, age 34, a carpenter, born in Seward county, Nebraska. Mother Lula Talbot, age 27, a housewife, born in Polk County, Nebraska.
From DeWayne B. Johnson on 15 Jun 2010:

I think my nickname "Doc" dates back at least 75 years, perhaps to 1935. I was 15 years old. My older brother Clifford and I worked on my uncle's (George M. Talbot Dairy) dairy ranch in Burbank. Neither of us milked cows but we did almost everything else -- washing bottles, pasteurizing and bottling milk, churning of buttermilk, pitching hay, mucking out the muck, and much more. Clifford called me "Doc" and I called him "Joe." Uncle George had a hay ranch out east (?) of Lancaster and pasture land down near Irvine. I rode mules and horses in the course of my work. Fell off more than once, brushed off by low-hanging branches. Otherwise, I am no horseman!

Clifford's nickname never stuck, but mine remained with me even up to today! I earned a real doctorate at UCLA in mass communications and education in 1955. Throughout my professional career as a journalist and professor of journalism, my colleagues and students have hailed me as "Doc." They still do. It feels good to be one of them and not an outsider!

I run the risk of bragging a bit -- two Pulitzer Prizes with a select few on the LATimes editorial staff, and twice honored by the California Publishers Association as THE outstanding professor of journalism in the state of California. (Oh, I am shameless!) So I may be something of a legend, my ego says, but that truly remains to be seen.

  Birth Notes:

Attending physician Frank Jensen. Born at 11:00 a.m. Sunday, April 18, 1920. Original spelling of first name on birth certificate, "Dwaine," was corrected by hand to "DeWayne." Born in State of Nebraska, County of Madison, Township of Shell Creek, City of Newman Grove.

From DeWayne B. Johnson's book "I Have Met a Lot of Generals," 2007:
"My hometown and place of my birth was Newman Grove, located in the Shell Creek Valley of southwest Madison County. It was named after Lewis Warren's son, Newman, who had helped his father plant a grove of cottonwood trees on their timber claim. After the boy's death at age 21, his father was instrumental in naming the new post office, located near the cottonwood grov, 'Newman Grove.'"

About Dr. Frank Jensen from (NE WebGen Project) :
Frank Jensen
A physician at Newman Grove, Nebraska since 1903, Frank Jensen was born at Council Bluffs, Iowa, July 22, 1880, the son of Lars and Mary (Sandstrom) Jensen. His father, who was a farmer, was born in Denmark in 1851 and died at El Reno, Oklahoma, July 10, 1915; he served as justice of the peace for years. His mother was born in Denmark and died at El Reno, Oklahoma, October 1, 1902.
Dr. Jensen attened (sic) rural school and was a student at Western Iowa College, Council Bluffs, for two years. In 1903 he received the M. D. degree at the University of Nebraska. He is past president of the Madison County Medical Society, and the Elkhorn Valley Medical society, and is a member of the medical firm Jensen & Morris at Newmann Grove, Nebraska. He served as first mayor of the city and has been active in civic affairs there for several years.
He is a member of the American Medical Association, and the Nebraska State Medical Society. His fraternal organizations include: Odd Fellows; Modern Woodmen of America; Royal Neighbors of America; and Rebekahs. He has been a member of the Red Cross for many years He is a Scottish Rite Mason and Shriner.
His marriage to Rose Emoline Batten was solemnized at Plattsmouth, Nebraska, October 6, 1906. Mrs. Jensen, who was a milliner, was born at Plattsmouth, June 1, 1884, and died at Newman Grove, December 10, 1912. One son was born to them, Russell J., born November 23, 1909, who is a musician and instructor of piano at Norfolk, Nebraska. On February 15, 1928, Dr. Jensen was married to Inger Engelsgjerd at Newman Grove. They have a daughter, Frances Joan, born August 26, 1930. Residence: Newman Grove.

  Noted events in his life were:

Moved: Moved to Burbank, California from Nebraska, 1930, Burbank, Los Angeles, California, United States. Moved to Burbank, California from Nebraska with his mother and family. His mother lived in Burbank for 11 years.

Moved: Moved to Long Beach from Burbank, 1941, Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, United States. Moved to Long Beach, California from Burbank with his mother and sister. His mother lived in Long Beach for one year until her death on 6/28/1942.

Residence: 3747 Elm Avenue, 1942, Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, United States.

DeWayne married Lorna Doone Wallace, daughter of William Havelock Wallace and Edith Pearl Poapst, on 22 Aug 1942 in Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, United States. (Lorna Doone Wallace was born on 22 Apr 1921 in Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, United States, died on 21 Mar 2006 in Panorama City, Los Angeles, California, United States and was buried on 24 Mar 2006 in Eternal Valley, Newhall, Los Angeles, California, United States.)

DeWayne next married Lily Rose Petit on 4 Jun 2011. (Lily Rose Petit was born on 3 Apr 1929 and died on 30 Mar 2012 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, United states.)


1 Fish, Karen Johnson.

2 Johnson, DeWayne B, I Have Met a Lot of Generals: A Journalist's Notebook. (Northridge: (Privately Printed), 2007.).

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