Obituary for Johnny Darras Summers Jr.

Johnny Darras Summers, Jr., eldest son to the late John D. Summers, Sr. and Dorothy Christine Summers, left this earth Dec. 13, 2018, to tame and train heaven’s horses. 

He was the definition of a cowboy; from bulls to broncs to his rope, he loved the rodeo. He always said rodeoin’ didn’t cost him but gained him a dime.  John was a chrome technician by trade, working for Nichol’s Hydraulics alongside his dear friend Terry Nichols. John had many friends and anyone who showed face at his home were branded his family.

Johnny Summers Jr.

John is survived by his nephews, Michael (Rebecca) Pennington, Tom Summers, Jr., Tim Summers, Jimmy James Summers, Kevin Summers, Craig Daniels, Walter Costello, Bill Peck, Joe Carrasco, Jess Rogers, and Ricky Aparicio; grand-nephews, Leighton Pennington, and Tyler Hahn; grand-niece, Aubrey Pennington; and friends, William Schmidt, Trey Dixson, Amber Fontaine, Lloyd Waters, Gene Taylor, and Patty Arroyo.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Dorothy Summers; his brothers, Jim and Tom Summers, Sr.; and his beloved Palomino stud, Maria Sun Ray.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 26, at 1 p.m. at the American Legion Post 32 here in Safford.

Arrangements are under the direction of McDougal’s Caldwell Funeral Chapel & Gila Valley Crematory. Online condolences may be extended at