Richard L. Johnson
About Me

Current Work:

I currently work for the City of Grapevine (Texas) Police Department as a Technical Services Specialist (Network Administrator) with support of the Grapevine Fire Department emergency vehicles. I began my service there in August of 2007 to provide the first level supervision of the Records Department and my main duty to maintain the computers for the Police Department and vehicle computers for the Police Department and Fire Department. Among my other duties are to maintain the vehicle MVS (video) systems and assist in supporting the City Court. My biggest accomplishment is to reduce the number of physical server by over 50% utilizing VMWare Server application and Linux Server. We have both Microsoft and Linux system with a Lefthand SAN's system.

In January of 2006 I joined the IT Department of the City of Grapevine as a Network Administrator and served there until transferring to the Public Safety side of the city. I held a position with similar duties for the city.

In April 2001 I began my position as Network Administrator for the City of Arlington Public Library. I maintained all the Library computers in 5 remote Library branches and the Central Library building. There were over 100 staff systems and over 130 public access computers as well as over 20 servers.

I left my position as a Certified Peace Officer for the Dallas County Community College District in 1999 to pursue  a new profession in the Information Technology field after 18 years as service as a Police Officer, field Training Officer, Senior Officer and acting Lieutenant and acting Chief of Campus Police on various occassions

My IT Training:
Certified as a Microsoft Certified Professional in NT4.0 Workstation, NT4.0 Server, Windows 2000 Professional Workstation and Windows 2000 Server, Microsoft Certified Professional + Internet, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer in NT4.0, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer in Windows 2000 and a Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator(MCSA) certification. CompTIA A+ Certification, CompTIA Network+ professional, CompTIA I-Net professional, CompTIA Server+ professional and CompTIA Linux+ professional. I also hold certification as a NT Certified Independent Professional.

Other Past Training:
18 years Texas Peace Officer with professional certification as Advanced Texas Peace Officer, Basic and Advanced Firearms Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Crime Scene Investigator, Fingerprint and Question Document Investigation, Forensic Hypnosis Investigation, Arson Investigation and Field Training Officer.

Married to Linda Johnson on July 4, 1994.

1 Scottish Terrier’s,  Montgomery Scott Campbell our other Scottie, Lady Fiona Campbell passed away in December 2013 with an acute case of Canine Diabetes.

Continued studies in computer networking and computer repair, kilt making, watching classic movies and enjoying a good cigar and gourmet beer or a good single Malt Scotch. Recently I started working on writing and developing programs for the Android Phone and Tablet environment.

Memorable Experiences:
1. Getting back together with my old girlfriend (really good story but too long for this summary…ask me and I’ll tell the story!).
2. My wedding day
3. Earning my pilots wings training with an 80+ year old woman that was friends with Amelia Airhart…(enough good stories here to last a day…)
4. Becoming a Mason. Unfortunately my Father and Grandfather were not around to see this. I know my Father wanted me too but 'pushing' someone in Masonry is not something that is done.

Other Experiences:
Teaching for the Dallas County Community College District various subjects including Networking Essentials for those getting ready for their Microsoft Certification test, assistant manager of a book store and having my own business as a professional motivation trainer and personal development specialist.

November 2016 I took my FAA UAV Remote Pilots exam and now I am working to start a side business.

Wishing there were more hours in a day to accomplish all that I want to do!

rev:Jan 2014


Blue lodge Mason Raise in July 20, 2006 at the Grapevine Masonic Lodge #288 A.F.&A.M of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas.

2006-2007     Steward
2007-2008     Chaplin
2008-2009     Tiler
2009-2010     Jr. Deacon
2010-2011     Sr. Deacon
2011-2012     Jr. Warden
2012-2013     Sr. Warden
2013-2014     Worshipful Master #288
2016-2017     Worshipful Master #377
2016-2017     District Deputy Grand Master 64-B

Served on various Committees and responsible for the Grapevine Masonic Lodge Web site in 2009.

*My Grandfather and Father were Masons and in 1984 my Mother was Worthy Grand Matron of the Texas Eastern Star. While I came into Masonry late in my life I realize I was raised on Masonic Principles and Practices.

In 2013 I Affiliated with Northern Star Lodge #377 A.F.&A.M. Great bunch of guys that I am also affiliated with through the Scottish Rite in Dallas.

2014-2015 Jr. Warden
2015-2016            Sr. Warden
2016-2017            worshipful Master


As a Scottish Rite Mason received the 5 Terminal Degrees in August of 2006. I joined the Dallas Knights of Saint Andrew and served during the fall and received all 29 Scottish Rite degrees in November of 2006. In October of 2007 I was appointed as Worthy Master of the Dallas KOSA. I have been blessed with men willing to be of service to others and for this I am very grateful.

In January 2009 I past to the position of Past Worthy Master for the Dallas KOSA and still serve in various rolls while also becoming part of the Reunion Directors Committee for the Valley of Dallas Scottish Rite.

Oct. 2007 - Jan. 2009      Worthy Master KOSA
Mar. 2009  - Present        Reunion Director
Jan. 2010  - Dec. 2010    Expert Valley of Dallas
Sept. 2010 - Dec.2010    Almoner (Protem)
Jan. 2011 - Dec.2011      Expert Valley of Dallas
Jun. 2011 - Present         17th Degree Master
Oct. 1 2011                      Knight Commander of the
                                             Court of Honour (K.C.C.H)
Feb. 2012 - Jan. 2013    Junior Warden
                                          Lodge of Perfection
                                             Valley of Dallas
Jan. 2013 - Jan.  2014   Senior Warden
                                         Lodge of Perfection
                                             Valley of Dallas
Jan.2014 - Jan. 2015    Venerable Master
                                         Lodge of Perfection
                                             Valley of Dallas
April 2015 - Present     Chairman Reunion Directors
Sept. 19 2015                33 Degree
                                             Inspector General Honorary
Sept. 2015                      Assistant Director of Work

       Knight Commander of the Court of Honour

* While my Grandfather did not get a chance to join the Scottish Rite when he was alive I received my inspiration to join from him.

-Chapter - Council - Commandry-

In the fall off 2007 I joined the Chapter, Council and Commandry of the Denton York Rite.  Due to my Blue Lodge and Scottish Rite commitments I have not been as active as I would like but this will change as my other commitments decrease.

* My Father began his York Rite Degrees and was able to complete his Chapter and Council Degrees before his death in 1984. I am sorry that I did not pursue my Masonic career while he was still alive.


The above image is of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. In the spring of 2007 I took all 4 of the Odd Fellow degrees and was asked to serve as Noble Grand of the grapevine I.O.O.F. Lodge #402.

Jan. 2008     Noble Grand
Jan. 2009     Noble Grand
Jan. 2010     Noble Grand 
Jan. 2011     Past Noble Grand/Vice Grand/Degree Conductor
Jan. 2012     Past Noble Grand/Degree Conductor
                       Chairman United Nations Tour Committee
                         I.O.O.F. Grand Lodge of Texas
Jan. 2013     Noble Grand 

* While the IOOF is not as popular as it was in the early part of the 20th Century (At one point in the early 30's there were more Odd Fellows in the US than Masons) I remember as a child in school in the 1960's the IOOF sponsoring a IOOF Day at the State Fair of Texas. Like the Masons most of their activity is with supporting various charities and community causes. In Grapevine in 2010 we provided four (4) $2000.00 scholarships to students in the Grapevine Collyville School District.


From 2008 I have been a member of The Grand College of Rites. It is a "regular" Masonic Body, dedicated to preserving the history and ritual of defunct and inactive Masonic orders.

The study of the history and ritual of all Rites, Systems and Orders of Freemasonry not under the control, jurisdiction and/or stewardship or regularly existing and recognized Masonic bodies. 

The elimination of sporadic efforts to resuscitate or perpetuate Rites, Systems and Orders of Freemasonry in the United States, except to bring them under control of the Grand College of Rites.

The collection and preservation of rituals of various Rites, Systems and Orders of Freemasonry ordinarily not available to Masonic Students.


In October of 2009 I was invited to join Grand Arcanum Council No. 447, Allied Masonic Degree. I currently am working as part of the Degree Team. April 2013 I was appointed Degree Master for Grand Arcanum.

May 2016       Marshal

May 7, 2016 "Esquire" of the Red Branch of Eri (MRBE)


On Saturday July 17, 2010 I had a sudden and rare opportunity. I was offered a chance to take the Masonic Order of the Bath Degree. This is truly a rare and thought provoking degree. I can honestly say that there is nothing like it.

I highly recommend anyone that wants to provide a service to others and their community to join these organizations.


Saturday September 28, 2013 was the accomplishment of a 4 year goal. I took the Royal Order of Scotland (The Provincial Grand Lodge U.S.A.) Degree. Knowing a little history of the Degree it was interesting to watch and examine from a Degree Master perspective. Great experience.


For many years from the time I got into Masonry in Texas I had wondered about TRANQUILITY LODGE No.2000. I found a Brother that was a member as asked if he would sign for me. Well, he did and I got in. 

Not a FULL Member of the TEXAS LODGE OF RESEARCH yet...But I am working toward it.

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