Bryan Earl Johnson(1959 - 2013)

Bryan Earl Johnson, 53, passed away Feb. 19, 2013 at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, waiting for a liver transplant.
Bryan was born March 3, 1959 in Mesa, Ariz., to Lois and Earl Johnson. He attended schools in Arizona, Alaska and Oregon. He served in the Army and traveled to Germany. He also worked for the Forest Service in Oregon as a firefighter.
He lived in Alaska for several years. From 1980-1986 he ran a soup and sandwich business at Kenai Community College known as the "Gut Bomb" with his brother Mike. There he made many lifelong friends. Then he moved to Portland, Ore., for a short time. While there he met Sherry, his life partner. His heart still in Alaska, he and Sherry moved back several years ago. After a brief stay in Anchorage, the couple moved to Soldotna, where he opened his own business, Bryan's Plumbing Maintenance. His license plate said it all: "LV2PLMB."
His hobbies were hunting, fishing, gardening and beekeeping. He loved music, playing with his dog "Gator" and cats. Bryan was a generous man, with a laid back personality and a great sense of humor.
Bryan is survived by his partner, Sherry Hartwell; mother, Lois Johnson; Sister and brother-in-law Terri and Jeff Richards, Portland, Ore.; brother and sister-in-law Michael and Jo-Ellen Johnson, Chugiak; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Earl.
Bryan was cremated and his ashes will be scattered at his favorite hunting and fishing spots.
Local arrangements were entrusted to the Cremation Society of Alaska. An online guestbook may be signed at

Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Apr. 21, 2013