SACRAMENTO -- The man who started the Eppie's restaurant chain and created Eppie's Great Race has died.
Eppie Johnson passed away at this home Saturday at age 85.
Johnson opened his first restaurant in East Sacramento in 1964 and remained in the restaurant business until 1998. He started "Eppie's Great Race" along the American River Parkway in 1973, which celebrated its 40th anniversary this year.
Memorial arrangements are being organized now by the Johnson Family.
The Family asks that in lieu of flowers, please send donations in Eppie's honor to the Eppie's Great Race Foundation.