Ernest Steven Johnson, 64, of Ashton, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at his home of a lingering illness.
He was born Jan. 18, 1949, in Wendell, Idaho, to Denzel Olaf and Maria Rue Miller Johnson. He attended high school in Boise and graduated from Boise High School in 1968.
He married Linda Lee Goebel on Dec. 14, 1979, in Greentimber, Idaho. They made their home between California and Idaho for several years, before moving to Alaska in 1998. After spending several years in rural Alaskan villages and adopting their son, they moved back to Ashton to be closer to family in 2009.
He was a skilled carpenter and a master of his trade, laying hardwood floors. He was a real people person and found great joy in being around and swapping stories with others, which led him to his restaurant business in Aniak, Alaska. After seeing his last child graduate from high school and head out to college, it was time for him to take his wife and move back home to Idaho.
He enjoyed the outdoors and had a habit of always keeping busy, which is why living in Ashton was so much fun for him; there was always plenty of work to do fixing up the houses and the yard. Among the activities he enjoyed throughout his life were camping, fishing, darts and gardening. His favorite pastime was watching Boise State football. Anyone who knew Steve would agree that he always sported his Boise State orange and blue attire.
He was diagnosed with cancer in June of last year and spent much of the year in treatment. During this time, his brother, Cornell, and his wife, Nona, opened their home and their hearts to take care of him during his chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Able to be visited by much of his family, Steve really began to feel the love he had so easily given in the past. He was blessed and honored to see how many people would call, or come by to express gratitude and love.
He is survived by his loving wife, Linda of Ashton; children, Jessie Jo Johnson, Muranda Lee Johnson and Paul Benjamin Mapel of Alaska, and Vanessa Lynn Johnson of Ashton; grandchildren, Aliya Jade Carver and Lawrence Abraham Steven Nelson (named after his grandpa Steve) of Ashton; siblings, Cornell and Nona Johnson of Boise, Loretta and Ron Main of Coeur d'Alene, and Dolores Fischer of Ventura, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews, for which he held much love.
Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at Baxter Funeral Home in Ashton. An additional service will be held in Boise the first weekend of March.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.baxterfh.com.