Mark Timothy Johnson

Mark Timothy Johnson, 58, of Vancouver, Wash., passed away peacefully at his home after a long hard fight with complications of diabetes and kidney failure on Thursday, May 30, 2013, with his wife, Coleen, by his side. He was the first born son of Ronald and Joanne Johnson. He was born in Midland on March 29, 1955, and graduated from H.H. Dow High School in 1973. Mark attended Michigan State University, receiving a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Business Management. He then began his career in the restaurant business working for Steak ‘n Ale and Chi Chi's.

Mark married the love of his life, Coleen Paulson, March 7, 1995, in Ann Arbor, where they owned and managed their first Outback Steakhouse. In July 1998, Mark and Coleen made the move out west to Vancouver, Wash., where Mark became a joint venture partner with the Outback Steakhouse Evergreen Restaurant franchise. Mark spent the next seven years traveling the northwest, teaching, guiding, mentoring, leading and opening new restaurants.

Mark received many awards in his career. The one he was most proud of was the Industry Achievement Award from the Oregon Restaurant Association.

Mark's favorite pastime was spending time with family. He felt it was a gift from God when he became Papa to granddaughter, Isabelle, and grandson, Sammy.

Mark loved all sports, but his favorite was golf; playing it, watching it and discussing the game. He spent many hours on the golf course with his dad, wife, family and friends. Mark enjoyed traveling and spent time with his family and friends in Michigan, Iowa, Florida, Hawaii and at the cabin in Minnesota.

Mark is survived by his loving wife, Coleen; daughter, Erin Teel; grandchildren, Isabelle and Samuel; mother, Joanne Johnson; siblings, Mary Fuentes, Lisa Grundy and David Johnson; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Ronald Johnson, in February of this year.

There will be a memorial service on June 22, 2013, at 11 a.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church, Midland.


Published in Midland Daily News on June 13, 2013