James Johnson

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JOHNSON, James Carl "JJ" (Age 44) Passed away as a result of an automobile accident in Spokane on October 7, 2009. JJ was born on January 27, 1965 in Sunnyside, Washington. He attended school in Sunnyside, Washington and graduated with the Sunnyside High School class of 1983. He completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at University of Puget Sound in Tacoma in 1987. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. In 1987, JJ was hired by Merck and Co. Pharmaceuticals as a Sales Representative. He worked in that ca pacity for over 20 years. He was based in Anchorage, Alaska, a state he truly enjoyed living and working in. After his time with Merck, he joined Genentech. He took great pride in educating medical personnel in the uses of 'Rituxan". JJ felt fortunate to promote products which improved the quality of life for so many people. In 1990, while flying 30,000 feet over the skies of Alaska, JJ met the true love of his life, Tracia Eberly. They were married on October 4, 1991, a loving bond they will share forever. JJ left the state of Alaska with his wife and in 1992 moved to the community of Freeman, where they gained many wonderful friendships. Most important in Jim's life was his devotion to God and to his family. His priority of family togetherness took JJ and his family on many wonderful adventures with his favorite being the Hawaiian Islands. His love for family was evident in virtually everything he did. JJ is survived by his wife Tracia and two daughters, Julia and Vanessa at the home; his parents Ray and Marie Johnson, Sunnyside; a brother Ron (Nancy) Johnson, Yakima; a sister Judy (Ethan) Reavis, Yakima; a sister Lori Sander, Yakima; many other family members and friends who will miss him greatly. There will be a Vigil Service at 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 215 E. Rockwood Blvd. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12 Noon Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at Sacred Heart Church. A reception will follow. Interment will be at the Queen of Peace Cemetery at the Immaculate Heart Retreat Center. All are welcome to the committal service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made directly to the James Johnson Memorial Fund. The proceeds will go directly to Julia and Vanessa Johnson's college fund. Donations can be made at any Bank of America branch. Please visit JJ's memorial and leave a condolence at www.hennesseyfuneralhomes.com . Arrangements entrusted to

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Published in Spokesman-Review from Oct. 11 to Oct. 12, 2009
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