Lawrence "Larry" Earle Johnson passed away from natural causes at his home on Sept. 12, 2009.
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He was born Feb. 13, 1935, in Bozeman to parents, Arnet and Doris (Doherty) Johnson. He grew up in Bozeman, graduating from Gallatin County High School in 1953 and remained connected with many of his classmates.
He served in the army in Germany after high school and returned to attend Montana State College, graduating in 1961.
Larry worked for the Social Security Administration in California and later in Lewiston, Idaho, eventually moving to Spokane where he lived for some time. Larry returned to live in Bozeman again in 1999.
Larry didn't know a stranger. He loved visiting with people and talking about the "Good Ol' Days." He was especially dedicated to his family, friends and the close-knit neighborhood of Nelson Trailer Court. He knew and enjoyed the facts and details of all the people he cared for (including their pets). He loved asking questions and telling stories.
Larry had a deep interest in people and history. His friends and family were extremely important to him. He kept the details of their lives accurately in his mind and heart. He had a great interest in all of their activities.
He is survived by his brother, Dooley (Sue) Johnson of Bozeman; and his sister, Norma (Lee) Jones of Miles City; plus numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Larry was a devoted and loving son, brother, uncle and friend.
He will be buried in Centerville Cemetery in Townsend, where many members of his family have been laid to rest.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Sept. 23, 2009