DANIEL WAYNE JOHNSON June 4, 1934 - November 23, 2012 Daniel Wayne Johnson, 78, of Tehama passed away at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Red Bluff, California on November 23, 2012. Born on June 4, 1934 in Santa Rosa, CA to Walter Johnson and Myrtle Small, he would grow up as Frankie, the youngest to his two brothers Duke and Bobby Johnson and three sisters, Jean Allen, Sis Rinker and Betty Sowell. It was in February of 1953, when he joined the United States Marine Corp, that he learned his birth name, Daniel Wayne. Dan served during the Korean Conflict aboard the aircraft carrier, the USS Princeton as Marine Security detachment. In 1956, after three years of service he began a career wholesaling decorative stone for Landscaping where he is known to have pioneered the industry. He has provided the stone to such places as the California state fairgrounds, the Golden Gate Bridge, both the Sacramento and San Francisco Zoo, and the Charles Shultz ice arena in Santa Rosa. As an avid collector, a self-taught geologist and a true rock hound, his passion was gemstones. He spent much of his spare time searching for the raw materials all over the country. In 1974 his hobby and career led him to relocate from Santa Rosa, CA to the beautiful shoreline of the Sacramento River in Tehama. He has resided there ever since. He is a member of the VFW and American Legion. Dan is survived by his wife, Madaline Louise, who cared for him for more than 48 years. His children include Carleen Johnson of Tehama, Julie Johnson of Chico, Gayle and husband Ron Giannotti of Encinitas, Elizabeth and husband Dale Keith of Red Bluff, Daniel Wayne Johnson, Jr. of Chico, Angel and husband Toby Garman of Gerber, and Franklin William Johnson. His large family continues with 18 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. In 2006 he lost a daughter, Dixie Ann Stupey, to cancer at the age of 51. A viewing will be at The Chapel of Flowers in Red Bluff, Monday December 3, at 12pm with services to follow at 2pm. A military burial service is Tuesday December 4, at 12:30 at The Northern California Veterans Cemetery in Igo, CA.
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Published in Daily News on Dec. 1, 2012