C. Alan, known as Bud by family and friends, was born in 1926 to Joseph Allen and Mildred Edith (Schwartz) Johnson, in Pasadena, CA. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2008, and passed away peacefully at Harborview Hospital Friday, March 15th, after an injury resulting from fall. He was 86.
He served in the Pacific Theater of WWII on the USS Nashville (cl-43) as a radioman. Following WWII he attended the Edwin Burnley School of Fine Arts in Seattle on the GI bill. Alan was married November 3, 1950 to Suzanne Louise Cox and they had three children Laurie, Brian and Keith.
Alan was a talented sculptor and watercolorist and the designer of the much loved Alaska Figurines. With his artist wife, he co-founded the C. Alan Johnson Co. in 1958. They produced artwork for 48 years, until 2006, when he retired at the age of 80 and they closed the business. He completed his last painting in 2010 which depicts the FV Thelma C, a historic Alaska salmon fishing boat.
Alan loved music and folk dance, and taught himself to play Scandinavian style fiddle music in 1968. He was a founding member of the Rollingbay Fiddlers and performed in many festivals including Seattle Folklife and Scandia Midsommarfest. He was one of the musicians invited to perform at the Bicentennial Festival of American Folklife in Washington DC in 1976. Over the years friends would come over to his home for jam sessions, and he was playing fiddle music with two of them four days before his passing.
He was a loving husband, brother, father, grandfather and friend, who shared his art, music, dry wit and gentle spirit with everyone throughout his life. The seeds of creativity he planted in us all will continue to grow and be a living legacy for many years to come.
Preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Allen Johnson and Mildred Edith Schwartz and his sister, Doreen Mildred Pomeroy
He is survived by his wife Suzanne Cox Johnson; sister Ann Lenora Hansen; brother-in- law Dale Victor Cox; daughter Laurie Ann (Johnson) Lassesen and her husband Kenneth Martinus Lassesen; son, Brian Dale Johnson and his wife Kristin Stahl-Johnson; son Keith Alan Johnson and his wife Juliann (Juli) Cowan; four grandchildren, Alanna, David, Christopher, and Anna and her husband Emad, and two step-grandchildren, Annica and Emmeli.
An online memorial can be seen at www.poulsbomortuary.com.
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from Mar. 26 to Apr. 1, 2013