Andrew James Johas
Sep 13, 1948 - Jun 25, 2016
Andrew James Johas, 67, passed away unexpectedly on June 25, due to a sudden onset of aggressive leukemia. He was born on September 13, 1948, and was a life-long resident of Sacramento. He graduated from McClatchy High School and Sacramento City College and received his BS and MS in Agricultural Education from UC Davis.
He started his career as an agricultural teacher at Delta High School in Clarksburg, then went into farm banking and farm management. Andy was gifted with both the plant management and financial planning expertise required to run successful farming operations. At the height of his career he ran one of the 9 largest farm-management companies in the nation, managing close to 500, 000 acres of farmland for groups of investors. He recently focused on growing his own cherries and wine grapes, with plans to open his own winery. His skill, knowledge and ability to work with groups was extraordinary and he was almost always hugely successful.
Andy was the proud son of the late James Johas, a Greek immigrant who came to this country at the turn of the century, and Dolly (Maecci) Johas, the daughter of Italian immigrants. He accomplished all that was the best of first generation children. He worked extremely hard, adhered to traditions, and gave back to his community, and made his parents very proud. His parents championed all that he did and supported his every endeavor. It was through the beautiful network of people who came to this country to succeed that he got the opportunity to pursue his greatness. His father had invested in a young recent immigrant Angelo Tsakopoulos who, when he was looking for someone trustworthy to manage farmland, tapped Andy, who then went on to contract with even more developers.
During his younger years he was adapt at both baseball and football. He reached championships in both sports. He was strong, and smart, and talented, but it was his heart that made him stand apart. He did everything with the intention of doing it well and right.
He was proud of his work with the Rotary club, sitting on the Board of Directors of Lutheran High School, the Greek organizations AHEPA, Greek Professional Association, and making a major contribution to the Greek Church of Annunciation’s building fund in the name of his parents. He worked every year at the 4th of July booth for the Rotarians and contributed to almost all requests from worth-while causes with time, money, or wine for events.
His other interests included raising and racing pigeons, coin collector/dealer, oil painting, Corvette cars, financial planning, farm management, water resource management, car racing, and sports. Andy had a quick and agile mind, a gift for money management, and interest in helping others, and doing whatever he was involved in the right way.
Andy leaves a large loving family as well as close relatives he loved and cared for very much. He will be missed greatly. There will be a viewing on Friday July 1, from 4-7PM with a Trisagion at 7Pm and the Funeral will be on Saturday July 2, at 11AM, all will be held at East Lawn Andrews and Greilich Mortuary, 3939 Fruitridge Road. A traditional Greek Makaria (luncheon) will follow at the Greek Church of Annunciation, 600 Alhambra Blvd. Please join us. In lieu of flowers please give donations to the Leukemia Association, your local SPCA, or the Greek Church of Annunciation’s building fund.
Andrews & Greilich Mortuary
3939 Fruitridge Road