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Former County Treasurer Remembered

Former Kaufman County Treasurer Johnny Countryman passed away on October 17, 2021, after fighting a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Johnny served as Kaufman County Treasurer from 2003 to 2014 and was the driving force in bringing a 4/5 size replica of the Vietnam Wall in Washington D.C. to its permanent resting place in Kaufman County’s Veterans Memorial Park. Johnny was very involved with the veteran activities and for many years and organizing the Memorial Day Programs in Kaufman County. Organizing the ceremony each year was his pet project. He poured his heart into trying to make it a great event each year to honor Kaufman County veterans who died in the line of duty. For several years he also organized the County’s Veteran’s Day ceremonies.

Born on August 30, 1943, in Kaufman, Texas to JR and Ann Countryman, Johnny graduated Kaufman High School in 1963 and attended the University of North Texas for a time and quit to join the Navy. After boot camp in San Diego, he was sent to language school where he was trained in Mandarin Chinese in order to translate Chinese messages that were intercepted by the United States. He was stationed in Washington D.C. and upon completing a four-year stint with the Navy he finished his degree at the University of North Texas. Johnny then took the rigorous exam and became a Certified Public Accountant and landed a job with the prestigious accounting firm Arthur Andersen and made a home in Dallas. Later he transferred to Midland where he lived until his return to Kaufman in 1987.

He loved his hometown and soon opened his accounting office and got involved with the community. He spent countless hours with the American Legion working to build its presence in Kaufman. He was also greatly involved as President of the Kaufman Chamber of Commerce and started the first chamber auction. He was also served as Treasurer of the Kaufman Lions Club and served as Commander of the American Legion. Johnny will long be revered for his love and commitment to the County and to the City of Kaufman. His lovely bride Candy remains a very active Kaufman County resident and operates the Merle Norman Studio on Washington Street in Kaufman. Please keep the Countryman family in your thoughts and prayers.

On behalf of Kaufman County, we honor and remember Johnny Countryman for his service to Kaufman County, veterans, his friends, and all those who knew him.