On April 4, 2009 Christopher Robert Johnson passed away peacefully, surrounded by friends and family after a courageous year long battle against pancreatic cancer. Born December 10, 1962 in Reno, NV, Chris is survived by his daughters, Jennifer and Emily, and their mother Kristi of Calistoga; parents, Greg and Patricia Johnson of Auburn; and sister, Rene Marie (Johnson) Richardson, Chris is also survived by Ruth Souroujon and many close friends who were always there during this extremely challenging time in his life while he continued to pursue his dreams. Chris graduated from Jesuit High School in Sacramento and received his degree in oenology from Fresno State. He has established significant respect in the winemaking community, bringing his experience from both coasts and around the world to his position as one of the top winemakers for Kendall Jackson. Chris' ambitions to better his surrounding community and world were apparent in many ways, especially in his positive relationships around the world. A Memorial to celebrate his life will take place Saturday, April 11th at 1:00 p.m. at his home in Calistoga. In lieu of flowers, donations can b made to pancreatic cancer research at UCSF or to the Selby Creek Restoration Project. Arrangements by MORRISON FUNERAL CHAPEL, Napa Valley, (707) 963-3536. Condolences may be written to the family at www.morrisonfuneralchapel.com
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Published in the Press Democrat from April 8 to April 9, 2009