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2208 Roosevelt Street
P.O. Box 22
Aberdeen, WA 98520
Phone: 360-532-0220
Fax: 360-532-2454
Dr. Herbert Johnson

Dr. Herbert Marshall Johnson Jr.

Thursday, December 14th, 1939 - Monday, May 27th, 2019
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Herbert Marshall Johnson Jr. D.O. of Aberdeen, WA, passed away on May 27, 2019 in Olympia, WA at Providence St. Peter Hospital surrounded by his loving family. The son of Herbert Marshall Johnson Sr. and Loucyette (Kizer) Johnson, he was born on December 14, 1939 in Cape Girardeau, MO. This December he would have embarked on his 80th year of life.
He graduated from high school in Pine Bluff, AR and Henderson State College in Arkadelphia, AR. He earned his Medical Doctorate from Kirksville College of Osteopathy and Surgery in Kirksville, MO. He then performed his internship at Carson City Hospital in Carson City, MI where he was introduced to his future wife Patricia Ann Rayburn on a blind date that was set-up by her family physician. He asked Patricia to marry him on their first date and suggested they get married the next weekend because it would work well for his medical rotation schedule, though it would be four months later, on May 21, 1966, when they married. They moved to Trenton, MI, to undertake his medical residency in anesthesiology
through Detroit Osteopathic Hospital Association at Riverside Hospital.
Upon completion of his residency, Herb and Pat moved back to Carson City where he began his medical practice in anesthesiology, and they started a family giving birth to Nathan Zachary and Kirsten Nicole. After living for 13 years in Michigan, Herb and Pat decided to take their adventure to the Pacific Northwest where they began their new life in Central Park, a suburb of Aberdeen, WA.
Herb opened his family practice in Aberdeen in October 1977, eventually moving his practice to Hoquiam. He retired in September 2015 after 38 years of serving the Grays Harbor community. During his time in practice he served as Chief of Staff and on various medical committees at Grays Harbor Community Hospital.
Herb was a caring physician that regarded each of his patients as individuals with a story and life history that genuinely interested him. He did more than just accept people, he embraced them - regardless of culture, religion, upbringing, or circumstances. His staff was the backbone of his practice and his nurses through the years - Sharon Godfrey, Barb Carlberg, Shirley Miller and Sharon Eaton - complimented him as a physician.

Outside of medicine, Herb was a collector of knowledge and experiences. His youngest sister Melody referred to him as a Renaissance Man of the First Order, a description that embodied him perfectly. His mother had been a well-respected teacher and instilled the importance of education in her children, which remained at the forefront of Herb’s mind throughout his life. Herb served for six years on the Aberdeen School Board during which he personally handed both of his children their high school diplomas.
He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting waterfowl on the Mississippi Flyway and bow hunting white tail deer in Michigan. He had a passion for fly fishing and could get lost in the details of intricate fly tying. With family and friends, he created many memories while camping, skiing, sailing and hiking. Herb also possessed a deep sense of humor and laugh that was contagious. He loved a well-meaning practical joke, was a marvelous storyteller and brought color to the lives of those who knew him.
Herb was born into a musical family eventually becoming a student of the classical guitar and music theory. He loved many types of music, particularly jazz, and enjoyed experiencing live concerts. His passion for music led to an exploration into art which he pursued with enthusiasm. The family home and life were filled with art and music. Family was one of Herb’s greatest commitments and meaningful accomplishments in his life. Beyond the many family adventures, he loved sharing deep and thoughtful discussions with them.
Herb, our friend, mentor, brother, husband, father, grandfather and inspiration will be dearly missed, but the twinkle in his eye, gentle spirit, humor, passionate nature and loving soul will live on in those he touched.
Herb is survived by his wife of 53 years Patricia, his son and daughter-in-law Zachary & Kari of Ridgefield, WA; his daughter Kirsten of Scottsdale, AZ; his brother and sister-in-law Jim and Karen Johnson of Benton, AR; his sister and brother-in-law Sharon and Dale Gallip of Fishkill, NY, his sister and brother-in-law Melody and Peter Rubie of New York, NY; his grandchildren Kaden and Kortnie; his great granddaughter Kingsley; his nieces Keesha and Kimbra and his nephew Benjamin.
A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, July 14, 2019 from 2:00pm -4:00pm at The Rotary Log Pavilion, 1401 Sargent Blvd, Aberdeen, WA 98520.
The family suggests memorials be made to Grays Harbor College Foundation, 1620 Edward P. Smith Drive, Aberdeen, WA 98520; Grays

Harbor Community Hospital Foundation, 915 Anderson Dr., Aberdeen, 98520; or Providence St. Peter Hospital, Cardiac Critical Care Unit, 413 Lilly Road NE, Olympia, WA, 98506.
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Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Twibell’s Fern Hill Funeral Home in Aberdeen, WA.
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    Sunday, July 14th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Sunday, July 14th, 2019 2:00pm
    Rotary Log Pavillion
    1399 Sargent Boulevard
    ABERDEEN, WA 98520
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Posted at 04:45pm
Doc Johnson was our Dr for over 40yrs, we had some great tea, I would tease h about being bow legged an tell him he better get that knee fixed, we would joke around allot, he got me through some really tough times , him an Pat Pat were so good to us, Lissy loved him an always had hugs for each other. Another bond was when our granddaughter was born an named Kirsten, of course he had a pic in his office of them. Then our grandson was named Caden, what a coincidence. Will always love an
miss him, Many Hugsto you Pat an family ❣️❣️🙏🏼

Mickey Thurman

Posted at 12:30am
Dr. Johnson was my doctor for over 30 years and he was always sincere, helpful, and caring of me and my family. I was honored to know him, and he left a special place in my heart.

Photo by Matthew Coyle for the Hoquiam 125th anniversary photo project May 21, 2105.

Judy Hoggatt

Posted at 07:03pm
Dr. Johnson was a very kind and compassionate doctor! He delivered my son in 1972. He was the best doctor anyone could ask for! Rest in Peace Dr. Johnson.

Larry M Bryant

Posted at 10:20pm
Dr. Herbert Johnson had been my Dr. from the time he and family moved to the harbor, enjoyed the time we spent together and the stories we shared. He was a good friend, he put me on blood pressure medication, I ask him if I could have a drink of alcohol while using this medication, his response to me was and I quote, I hope so because I do! He had a great sense of humor and could tell the best stories. I truly will miss him. He was a great man. ( Herb rest in peace buddy) Sincerely Larry Bryant.

Belinda Hayes

Posted at 03:08pm
I so loved Dr Johnson. He was looking Kind, compassionate, knowledgeable and always happy. I felt like he really cared about each and everyone of his patients. I really hated it when he retired. But I’d know him since the 70’s so it was time. He will be missed. He talked about his wife and his family. Our sincere condolences. Belinda And Bruce Hayes

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