Patrick "Scott" Johnson, son of Pamela and Bud Johnson, was Alaska grown. Scott was born in 1969 in Fairbanks. He was raised hunting and fishing with his family in Tok. In second grade, he told his parents he was going to be an Alaska State Trooper, from which he never wavered.
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Scott was an exceptional athlete, competing in many sports: cross country running, basketball and wrestling at Tok school. Wrestling was his passion. He started wrestling when he was five years old. Scott proved to be an
exceptional wrestler. By junior high he was ranked one of the top wrestlers in the nation and represented Alaska at Western Regionals in Idaho, placing first. Scott went on to wrestle in high school, where he was ranked a four-time regional champion and a two time state champion. In high school is where he met his wife, Brandy.
Scott attended Southern Oregon State College with plans of retuning to his home state to become an Alaska State Trooper. While in college, he was a two-time regional champion and two-time All American wrestler. He volunteered as a reserve police officer for the city of Ashland, Oregon, and had a summer job as a cadet for the Oregon State Police. Upon graduation, Scott gave up his final year of eligibility, where he was ranked a No. 1 NAIA wrestler at 142 pounds, to begin his law enforcement career.
After receiving his bachelor's of science degree in criminology in 1991, he decided to return to Alaska and was hired with the Department of Public Safety in Barrow as a police officer. While in Barrow, he was the assistant wrestling coach and head coach the following year. In 1993, Scott was hired by the Alaska State Troopers and stationed in Fairbanks.
The following year, he married Brandy. Their first home was in North Pole, where Scott assisted with the wrestling team at North Pole High School. Scott and Brandy began raising three daughters, ages 16, 14 and 11. During this time, they built their second home together in Fairbanks.
Scott was an Alaska State Trooper who led from the front and not the rear. Trooper Johnson set very high standards for himself. After graduating his recruit class as valedictorian, he was assigned to Fairbanks patrol. Scott became involved with S.E.R.T. for 19 years and has held positions of perimeter team leader, entry team leader and acting team leader. He was a K-9 handler, K-9 lead instructor, and K-9 coordinator.
In addition, he was an investigator for the Alaska Bureau of Investigation. During the past 16 years, Scott had trained at least 33 dual purpose and/or drug detection canine teams throughout Alaska. At age 36, he was promoted to sergeant. First he oversaw patrol shift, and later transferred to the Alaska Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Enforcement. Scott earned at least 43 letters of commendation, including two commendations for honorable service.
Scott's professional affiliations included the Fraternal Order of Alaska State Troopers, Life Member of the National Rifleman's Association, member of the National Tactical Officer's Association and member of the Alaska Peace Officer's Association.
Scott's passion was hunting on the Yukon River with his family and friends. He also enjoyed fishing and spending time outdoors in Alaska. He is survived by his wife, Brandy; daughters; Hayly, Hana and Halene; parents, Pam and Bud Johnson; brothers, Shaun and Brian; many cousins and wonderful friends.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Patrick "Scott" Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund, Alaska Federal Credit Union No. 1842655 or Electronic Acct. No. 100018426553.
Arrangements are entrusted to Fairbanks Funeral Home.
Published in Daily News-Miner on May 11, 2014