Clinton Cook Johnson Was born on May 3, 1921, in Bloomfield, Iowa, to Clarence and Jula Johnson. He passed away in Lakewood on June 21, 2014. The family relocated to Chehalis when he was young. He grew up in the Southwest Washington area, graduated Kelso High School, played freshmen football at the University of Washington, and then served as a military aviator from World War II to 1976. Among his duties, he was an instructor and he flew state governors and other dignitaries around the state. After retirement, he worked in Iran until the overthrow of the Shah, and then was employed as a pilot for private companies. Cook loved to fly; play golf with friends, first at Oakbrook and then at the Tacoma Country and Golf Club; every minute on his boat, and his life at the Swantown Marina in Olympia; and in the last few years with friends at Patriots Landing. He is survived by his children, Jeff, Clint, and Susan, eight grandchildren and five (soon to be six) great-grandchildren. Many thanks for the care and compassion shown by his caregivers, most significantly Mima Eriksen, and the staff at Gravelly Lake Adult Family Home. A celebration of his life will be held on July 28, 1pm, at Patriots' Landing, Dupont.
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Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on July 13, 2014