Thomas F. "Tom" Johnson, 85, a longtime resident of the Concrete community, passed away on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at the Mira Vista Care Center in Mount Vernon.
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Tom was born on June 25, 1928 in Bremerton, Washington, one of three sons of Roy & Josephine (Zugelder) Johnson. The family later moved to Sequim on the Olympic Peninsula where Tom was raised and attended school.
As a teenager Tom began a long career in the logging industry, driving log trucks. He took a break from logging when he was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict in 1952. During his enlistment he served in Germany. He was discharged in 1956.
In the early 1960's Tom moved to Concrete where he again worked in the logging industry, working as a shovel and a tower operator and truck driver. He and his brothers later began Johnson Brothers Logging which they operated together for many years, doing a lot of contract work for Scott Paper.
In 1967, Tom began seeing Mary Holyfield, and after a whirlwind courtship, they found themselves at the Catholic Church in Sedro-Woolley on March 25, 1967, and there they were united in marriage. The story of "Tom & Mary" began. A two week honeymoon, and they were back home in Concrete, where Mary stood by his side all the years, while he ran his logging business, and took her to Reno from time to time to try to outwit "Lady Luck!" They spent 46 years together in Concrete, where, when anyone mentioned logging, your mind automatically registered: "Johnson Brothers!"
He and Mary spent many years traveling the country, and snowbirding in Yuma, AZ in their RV. Tom also enjoyed gardening and fishing, catching marlin in Hawaii and Mexico, and restoring his 1952 Peterbilt log truck, which he worked on for nine years until completed. He was happiest when he was out in the shop tinkering with that truck, and showing it off during the annual lawn party in August, which they held every year. Tom enjoyed his life, and considered it a good one. He had no regrets, and was not bitter about the struggles with his health. He was also a life member of the Elks Lodge, and a member of the American Legion, Post 132 in Concrete and the Sedro-Woolley Eagles.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 1:00 PM at the CCD Center in Concrete.
The family requests that memorials be made to Aero-Skagit Med 7 or a
. Private inurnment will be held at a later date.
Services and cremation arrangements are under the direction of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley. Share memories of Tom and sign the online guest register at www.lemleychapel.com
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Sedro Woolley, WA 98284
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Dec. 21, 2013