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Donald W. JOHNSON May 31, 1949 ~ March 28, 2012 Don passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends and an abundance of love. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Marjie, brother Tom and his wife Kathie, "mom"-in-law Barbara, "sisters" Betty and Carol, nephews Rob and Matt, nieces Jodie and Amy, goddaughters Kim and Nealie. Predeceased by parents, William and Audrey Johnson. Don was born in Seattle. He attended B.F. Day Elementary, Hamilton Jr. High and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1967. Upon graduation he worked as a draftsman at The Boeing Co., then became a journeyman painter and worked for several area painting contractors. He started working at the University of Washington in 1975 as a painter and was a maintenance supervisor when he retired in 2005. He enjoyed his job at the UW, the people he worked with and appreciated all the beautiful old buildings he helped maintain over the years. Don enjoyed his retirement working with Marjie at their antique store, but most of all he loved going to his cabin at Lake Cavanaugh. It was there over the years he enjoyed water skiing, dirt bike riding, Hobie Cat sailing, fishing, ongoing cabin restoration, sunset cruises and coffee at sunrise on the front porch. Don was an amazing loving husband, a cherished uncle and godfather, a steadfast brother and a loyal friend. His calm gentle disposition, his cheerful positive attitude and an occasional mischievous grin endeared him to all. Don lived with melanoma for eight years and while he accepted it, he was not resigned to it and for the most part, he had a normal happy life during those years. A Celebration of Life will be held May 27 at Don and Marjie's cabin at Lake Cavanaugh, starting at 12:00 p.m. Don's goddaughter, Kim, is walking for her Uncle Don this year in the - . If you would like to make a remembrance in his name, you can go to and type in Kim Buchanan in the donate box for a link to her web page dedicated to Don.
Published in The Seattle Times on Apr. 29, 2012
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