MARBLE - Longtime Marble resident, artist and former 10th Mountain Division soldier Thanos Johnson died Wednesday in Arizona following a brief illness, surrounded by his children. He was 82.Johnson was born on July 23, 1922, in Howell, Mich., and grew up in New York City."He found himself in Colorado when he joined the Army's 10th Mountain Division at Camp Hale, and knew it was the place he wanted to spend his life," his daughter, Thana Fineman, said Wednesday from Arizona.He moved to the Crystal Valley hamlet of Marble in Pitkin County in 1945, eventually opening a ceramics studio and gallery there. He also had a passion for watercolor painting, and worked in other mediums as well.Johnson was recruited by a fellow Crystal Valley resident to teach pottery at a high school in California, and eventually he became a professor at the College of Marin in Marin County, Calif.More recently, he had split his time between Marble and Phoenix.Johnson is survived by four children, daughter Thana, and sons Demetrios, Aristides and Kosta.A funeral will be held at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Grand Junction, and arrangements are pending. The family is also planning a local memorial service and burial in Marble.
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