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John "Mark" Johnson of Juneau, AK died peacefully in his sleep of cancer January 19, 2013. His wife and family were gathered around him. He was 60 yrs. old with stories still to tell, people to help and a honey do jar half full.
Mark was Born: September 21, 1952 in Minot, ND to Rev. John and Dora Johnson. He married his wife Vicky in Juneau on July 3, 1995
Mark attended Austin High School in Chicago during the riots. He was swim team captain at Austin High, where he became much loved by all the rugged sports guys who couldn't swim. Mark was an avid swimmer in his youth. He competed in the Illinois State level having achieved being # 6 swimmer in the high school state competition. He also did a stint as a Life Guard at the Oak Street Beach on the Gold Coast in Chicago IL. from 1968 through 1970, starting when he was a junior in high school. Mark also sang in his all city chorus during his high school years and they sang at the Chicago Symphony Center for two years. Mark attended Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma WA. as an economics major. Alaska Methodist University, Anchorage, AK for grant writing, and government contracting. International Conference of Building Officials/Alaska Housing finance Corp,/Juneau AK combined inspection class. And much more. Until recently was working at the Home Depot Pro Desk. It was a job he dearly loved. He enjoyed taking his beloved dog Lady (black lab) on leisurely walks around the building before and after work. Mark was past Exalted Ruler of Juneau Elks Lodge No. 420 and served for several years recently as a Trustee. He was one of the main people responsible for acquiring a new building for the lodge Mark really enjoyed his work and helping people. He collected anything and everything, just in case someone else needed it for their project. He was always there to help with whatever you needed.
He is survived by his wife Vicky, stepson, Kenneth Huddleston, his parents, Rev. John and Dora Johnson, brothers, David Johnson (wife) Peggy, their daughter Kaitlin, and their son Eon of Minnesota, Maury Johnson (wife) Harmony of Hilo, Ha., Marty Johnson of Minnesota, Eric Johnson (wife) Marrisa, their daughter Jasmine of LA. And many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.? We shall all miss him and his wonderful stories and his helpful hand. So, please pass on his good will and help others as you see fit..
There will be an Elks service for Mark at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 23rd at the
new Elks building with a reception afterward at the Moose Lodge.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Mar. 20 to Mar. 26, 2013