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Johnny's Pizza founder dies at 77
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June 28, 2017 - ListenUpYall.com

It’s a sad day in Louisiana, as the beloved founder of the West Monroe-based Johnny’s Pizza House franchise has died. Johnny Huntsman passed away this morning at the age of 77. The company says he’s been suffering from Alzheimer’s.

His brother Chester Huntsman says Johnny’s positive and encouraging attitude is what sparked the business into what it is today. “When you treat people like that for long enough, you end up with more and more people in your corner supporting you,” Huntsman said, “and if your pizza is just the best thing you’ve ever eaten in your life, that helps a lot too.”

Since its 1967 start, the Johnny’s franchise has spread across Louisiana and into Texas and Arkansas. But Chester Huntsman says coaching football was Johnny’s first love. He says after college, Johnny came back to coach the West Monroe High School Football team, but not for long.

“He had the biggest meanest kids in the state. Didn’t win a ballgame,” Huntsman chuckled, “One year football coach, you don’t always succeed at everything.”

Johnny’s Pizza has been a staple of Louisiana for 50 years. Huntsman says Johnny learned to make pizzas while in college at Graceland University in Iowa. 

 

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