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Marty Johnson of Sequim passed away at the age of 81 from cancer.
He was born in Ohio to Richard Johnson and Jalie Ison on April 25, 1932.
He joined the U.S. Air Force after high school and served as a military policeman.
He met the love of his life while stationed at Whidbey Island and eventually married Dorothy Sessions on November 21, 1952.
In a short time, they welcomed into their lives their sons, Randy and Danny Johnson. Then unexpectedly 10 years later, along came their daughter, Susan Lynn Johnson.
After leaving the military, he worked as a logger and then went into the grocery business, eventually opening his own grocery store, Hi-Way Market.
Marty touched many lives during his time at the Hi-Way Market. He was his happiest when he was helping others.
He always had a big smile and words of wisdom to share with his many customers at the store. His customers were not just customers; they were his friends.
He watched many kids grow up and have families of their own and returned to the store for the "best penny candy" in town. Many regulars were thankful for his ice-cold beer on a warm day.
When he wasn't at the store, you could find him at 7 Cedars Casino enjoying a game of craps or trying his luck on a slot machine. He spent many hours there over the years and made a tremendous amount of friends.
He enjoyed teaching others how to play craps and the "art of throwing the dice." Getting to play and teach the game he loved so well were some of his favorite times!
Marty was preceded in death by his wife, Dot, and son Danny.
His survivors include his son Randy Johnson; daughter Susan Sanders; grandkids Tammy Napiontek, Shelly Johnson, Anthony and Amanda Sanders, and Nina Johnson; and numerous great-grandkids.
Please join us at a celebration-of-life ceremony on Sunday, May 25, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Pioneer Memorial Park, 387 East Washington Street in Sequim.
Bring pictures or stories to share, and if you can't come, email them to email@example.com.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on May 18, 2014