Walter H. Johnson Jr.

Walter H. Johnson Jr.

Walter H. Johnson Jr. passed away on November 17th, five days after his ninety-third birthday. He died peacefully in his sleep in his home in Seattle, in the house in which he was born. He was a beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and father-in -law.

Mr. Johnson was born in Seattle in 1919, enjoyed a great childhood in the twenties and worked hard in the thirties to help his family during the Great Depression. He attended Broadway High School, then the University of Washington, where he was a member of Zeta Psi Fraternity. His college education was cut short by World War II, in which he served as a naval officer and saw combat in the Pacific. He married his college sweetheart, Paula Jane Cole, in the last year of the War.

Following the War, they settled in Seattle, had two sons, and lived in the house where he was born. He took over the family business, the Walter H. Johnson Co., where he worked until the age of ninety-one. He was a member of the Seattle Yacht Club since his teen years. He joined Sand Point Country Club in 1952, where he played his last game of Gin with his friends two weeks before he died. He and his wife Paula were life-long supporters of the Seattle Symphony and the Seattle Opera.

He is survived by his sons, Walter 3rd, and Thomas, daughter -in-law Nancy, granddaughter Jennifer and husband Chike, granddaughter Angela and husband James; and great grandchildren Maya, Kion, and Theo.

Published in The Seattle Times on Nov. 24, 2012