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Sky Angel Founder Johnson Dead at 66

Dominion Video Satellite Inc. founder, chairman and CEO Robert W. Johnson died at the age of 66 Thursday evening due to heart failure.

Johnson founded Dominion’s Sky Angel -- a Christian-themed direct-broadcast satellite service -- in 1980.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Jeanine; son Robert W. Johnson Jr., Dominion vice president of finance and chief financial officer, who will lead the company in the interim; daughter Kathleen Johnson, Dominion VP of programming; daughter Nancy Christopher, Dominion VP of public relations, and her husband, Glenn, assistant VP of sales; daughter Jennifer Jarvis and her husband, Brandon, both on staff at the company; three brothers; and two sisters.

In lieu of flowers, the Johnson family has requested that those who wish may make contributions to Dominion Foundation, P.O. Box 7609, Naples, Fla., 34101.