Howard Johnson (1928 - 2014)

Obituary
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HOWARD JOHNSON The Town of Paradise has lost a legend. There were three things Howard Johnson needed to thrive. One, his wife of 47 years, Maurine. She was his sun, moon, and stars, and he made it his mission in life to give her the world to prove it to her. Two, his family. Together, Maurine and Howard worked hard to ensure their family always knew they were there for them, and regardless of how long it had been, you were always welcome in their home. Three, hunting. He spent years documenting his experiences and adventures, sharing his knowledge and tools with anyone who expressed genuine interest. When he could no longer hunt, he vowed to ensure his legacy would live on in his children and grandchildren.and it has. He was born in the early morning on July 17, 1928 to Harvey and Helen Johnson in Boise, Idaho. Howard had three brothers, Harold, Dean and Dennis. He moved to Paradise in November of 1956 and married Maurine Rowe in June of 1968; they blended two families, Howard having three sons, Michael, Daniel, and Timothy, one daughter, Ellen, and Maurine's son and daughter, David and Rhonda. They started an insurance business together called Johnson & Rowe, and after a hunting accident in 1970, Howard discovered his true calling in life: Real Estate. They soon parlayed their business knowledge into a new venture, Johnson Real Estate (now known as United Country Johnson Real Estate) which has been a staple in Paradise for more than 30 years. Never afraid to speak his mind, Howard remained active in the Paradise community through both political and business efforts. He routinely fought for important causes, his passionate voice providing the keystone argument for the passing of several important town measures including the restaurant smoking ban in which Paradise was the first town in all of the United States to enforce. He always said if he had one star in his crown, it was that. He never thought twice about going against the grain or speaking up for his cause, and though it got him in trouble at times, he made it clear he wouldn't have changed a thing. Though you may not know Howard, if you are a resident of Paradise, you are certainly familiar with something he nursed to fruition. In addition to owning United Country Johnson Real Estate and Skyway Memorial Park, Howard and Maurine negotiated and helped raise funding for both the Boys & Girls Club of Paradise and the Paradise Soccer Club, and Howard spearheaded the effort to pave the bike trail for walkers and bikers, arranging a deal with PG & E so the town did not have to pay a cent. Howard and Maurine also started the Paradise Pop Warner Football League; an effort that was very near and dear to Howard's heart. Howard was extremely involved in Paradise High School sports; he has 3 sons on the wall at the stadium in the Football Hall of Fame and Howard himself was inducted into the PHS Football Hall of Fame. Even if Howard did not know you personally, he had a massive amount of love and respect for the town of Paradise as a whole. He was a valued community member, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, and will be forever missed. Howard Johnson passed away on June 22, 2014. He is survived by his wife Maurine Johnson of Paradise, CA, his sons Michael, Daniel, Timothy, and David, his daughters Ellen and Rhonda, daughter-in-laws Bonnie, Margie, and Sue, his brother Dean, 18 grandchildren and their spouses, 28 great -grandchildren, and countless relatives and loved ones. His memorial will be held on Saturday, July 19th at 11:00 AM at the Paradise Elks Lodge and is open to anyone wishing to celebrate Howard's life with his family and friends. The family asks in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Howard's memory to the Paradise Boys & Girls Club or the First Christian Church on Pearson. Newton Bracewell is handling the arrangements; view the obituary online at www.nbcfh.com.
Funeral Home
Newton-Bracewell
7655 Skyway Paradise, CA 95969
(530) 873-7602
Funeral Home Details
Published in Paradise Post from July 2 to July 4, 2014
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