Eugene W. "Gene" Johnson, 90, passed away on July 22, 2014.
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Gene was born January 31, 1924 to Earl and Carolyn (Moore) Johnson in Seattle. His family later moved to Sedro-Woolley.
Gene was a 1942 SWHS graduate and went on to serve in the 97th Infantry Division of the United States Army. He served in WWII and was a prisoner of war held in Czechoslovakia for 3 months. After returning from war Gene attended Western Washington College of Education (WWU) where he graduated with his teaching certificate in 1949.
Gene was united in marriage to Maureen Sawyer in 1949. They made their first home in Rockport, WA where they both worked for the Concrete School District. In 1954 they moved to Big Lake where they raised their sons, Steven and Michael.
He started his 31 year career for the Sedro-Woolley School District in 1954. Gene was both a teacher and principal at Big Lake Elementary and principal at Clear Lake Elementary.
Gene was involved with the American Legion Post No. 43, Elks Lodge #1604, Masonic Lodge No. 38, Sedro-Woolley High School Alumni Association, Elks Scholarship Committee, Skagit County Sewer District No. 2 Commissioner, Skagit County Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, Retired Teachers Association, Big Lake Volunteer Fire Department, Big Lake Historical Society, United General Hospital's Senior Fitness, and Bethlehem Lutheran Church. In 2008 Gene was inducted into the Sedro-Woolley School District's Community Recognition Hall of Fame.
In 2004 Gene was united in marriage to Irene Jech.
Gene is survived by his wife, Irene of Big Lake; sons, Steven Johnson (Anita) of La Conner and Michael Johnson (Tracy) of Marysville; 3 grandchildren Chad Johnson (Anna) of Bellingham, Kristi Johnson of Sedro-Woolley and Amanda Cope (Seth) of Monroe; 3 great-grandsons Jackson, Casey and Ira of Bellingham and numerous cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Marilyn; wife of 51 years, Maureen, and numerous cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends.
Gene Johnson served his country, his community and his students and staff with dedication and a sense of humor.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on August 2, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the SWHS Auditorium. A reception will follow.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Sedro-Woolley High School Alumni Association, PO Box 509 Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284.
Cremation and arrangements are under the direction of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley. Share memories of Gene and sign the online guest register at www.lemleychapel.com
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on July 29, 2014