SEATTLE Carl Richard Johnson, 92, of Seattle, a former Great Falls resident, died of natural causes Sunday, Dec. 30, at his home.
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Services have taken place. Evergreen Washelli Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Carl was born in Great Falls to Richard and Sigrid Johnson, the eldest of their four children. He attended Great Falls High School, where he was active in the choir, debate club and theater productions. He was also a longtime member of First English Lutheran Church. He graduated in 1938 and spent two years managing a 160 acre diversified farm before enlisting in the Army Air Corps in 1942, where he served stateside as a sergeant in medical administration. In 1944, Carl married Carolyn Meisel, two years his junior at school, and moved with her to Flagstaff, Ariz., where they lived until Carl's discharge in 1945. That same year, Carl and Carolyn moved to Seattle, so that he and his brothers Ed and Ray could all attend the University of Washington, and his parents and sister soon followed. After receiving a bachelor's degree in industrial psychology in 1950, Carl went to work for General Electric followed by 14 years at the Oil Heat Institute where he was an associate director. It was his strong need to make a difference and to leave a legacy of positive change and contribution to his community that took Carl back to school in 1970 to get a master's degree in social work from the U of W. His wish to serve was fulfilled in his role as executive director of Columbia Club for Seniors, where he was a nationally and internationally recognized advocate for seniors' health and nutrition until his retirement in 1989.
Carl is survived by his wife Ivy Johnson; daughter Elizabeth (Christopher) Causton; son Richard (Deborah) Johnson; brothers Ed (Kathy) Johnson and Ray (Charlotte) Johnson. He will be missed greatly by his six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Carl was preceded in death by his wife Carolyn; daughter Ann; and son-in-law Charles.
Donations may be made in Carl's name to the Seattle Youth Symphony at "SYSO: Make a gift" or to Faith Lutheran Church 8208 18th Ave. N.E. , Seattle,Washington 98115 for their community outreach program.
Condolences may be posted online at www.gftribune.com/obituaries.
Published in Great Falls Tribune on Jan. 17, 2013