After a courageous and fierce battle against cancer, David E. Johnson, age 70, departed this world in the comfort of his home surrounded by loved ones to go fishing with the Master of the sea.
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David was born on July 10, 1949, in Aberdeen, Washington, to Eunice “Jeane” Johnson (COOMES) and David “Ray” Johnson. He grew up in Pacific Beach, Washington and graduated from Moclips High School in 1968. Upon graduation, David was employed by the ALOHA Mill. During his life, David held many jobs in the commercial fishing and timber industries, from which he officially retired in 2018.
David married his loving wife, Deborah (Gibbons), on March 29, 2008, who continues to reside in the family home in Hoquiam.
David was a member of the Poggie Club, Hoquiam Elks Lodge, and the Grays Harbor Pistol and Rifle Club. David was an avid fisher and hunter, and he enjoyed numerous hunting and fishing trips with his brother, Daniel Johnson, and close friend Dawn Dougherty, both of whom accompanied David on his recent “bucket list” trip to Costa Rica.
In addition to his wife, Deborah, David is survived by his daughter Brandi Yergeau of North Tacoma, step-daughter Nicole Shultzaberger of Westport, his brother Daniel Johnson of Seattle, numerous nieces and a nephew, three grandchildren, and many friends with whom he shared a number of adventures. David was preceded in death by his father, Ray, his mother Jeane, and his brother Christopher Barclay. David will be remembered for his strength, warmth, quick wit and sense of humor, and he will be missed by many.
At David’s request, there will be no formal memorial service. Cards of condolences with a message or memory of David may be sent to the family at www.fernhillfuneral.com.
Arrangements are entrusted to Twibell’s Fern Hill Funeral Home, Aberdeen.