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Boulder Community "Champion for Good" Peter was lovingly and broadly known for his capacity to bring people together. He possessed a deep-seated belief that together we can create a better world. It was a vision and passion that drove all his efforts. You saw his tremendous impact reflected through out his entire, yet short life. With an early start as an elite athlete, he will be remembered as a world-class Olympian ranking fifth in the world in ski racing by the age of fifteen. This success followed him. He would go on to earn a degree in Philosophy from the University of Denver where he also was part of the top flight "DU" alpine ski team. Most recently Peter would have the unique role as the "networking czar" for the globally recognized event production company, the Van Heyst Group, based here in Boulder Colorado. If you wonder what that title encapsulated ask anyone whom he touched and they will tell you. He made connections that lead to people innovating their thinking. Pete had a knack for getting all of us past barriers to big solutions. His gift to us was in activating our own intelligent optimism. His spirit for enthusiasm will be deeply missed by those who were lucky to be in his sphere. The loss will be deeply felt by me, and his sons, Ruehl and Fearon. The feeling of loss extends to his parents Phil and Susan and his brother and sister, Mark and Dana. Scores of close friends and neighbors will miss this man who often joked he was the community parent. In memory of PJ, we ask that donations be made to the World Wildlife Foundation. You can go here and adopt a species. Or we suggest you keep his spirit alive by making a contribution to his foundation. Funds will extend his vision of positively impacting people, business and the environment. Our plan is to celebrate his life at our home at noon on May 2nd. Please come by 502 Highland Avenue here in Boulder. We suggest that you ride your bike if you are able. A second gathering will occur this summer on August 1st at his family home on Lake Michigan. I encourage you to join the storytelling on my Facebook page

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Published in The Daily Camera on Apr. 27, 2015.
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August 22, 2015
I was lucky enough to have Pete as a friend and classmate at Burke Mountain Academy, where we both graduated from in 1992.Pete was a selfless, compassionate, altruistic and darn funny person who always lifted the spirits of any and all of those who were lucky enough to know and meet him. His positive outlook on life was truly remarkable and he will be missed. I extend my prayers and best wishes to Pete's extended family and friends, and know that "meaty-bone" will always be in our hearts and souls. This world needs more individuals with Pete's perspective on life, which was so very kind and beautiful! Rest in peace Pete, and thank you for touching so many of our lives and hearts, you will always be remembered.
Scott Boulter
May 18, 2015
Peter, you wear a rare and unique friend, an inspiration, a positive force for creation ang good. You will be dearly missed. Wes
Wes Dye
May 15, 2015
All of the staff members here at Tires Incorporated are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Peter Johnson. We've had the pleasure of serving him for many years and we will miss him deeply. He was not only a great customer of ours but a friendly face, warm heart, and a friend to all of us! Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family and friends. He will be missed. <3
May 5, 2015
Mark and I loved you so much. You were the most amazing brother we could ever have asked for. We will miss you every day forever. God bless Mom, Dad, Carrie, Ruehl and Fearon.
All my love,
May 4, 2015
From one connector to another - the Universe will miss your infectious energy, enthusiasm and genuine love of people. God Bless you
Kimberly Lucas
May 4, 2015
Sue, Phil and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow in your loss of Peter. I'm sure you have wonderful memories of him as a dear son. God Bless, Larry and Nancy Meekhof
Nancy and Larry Meekhof
May 2, 2015
Carrie-- I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I never met Peter, but from reading all of these messages and stories he was most certainly a great man. Wishing you and your family peace and healing during this very difficult time.

With my deepest sympathy,
Xandra Ess, Made
May 2, 2015
Terribly sorry to hear the news about Peter. May he rest in peace. Peter always had a big smile and ready to help.
Lots of love, Praful and Karen
May 1, 2015
My heart goes out to the Johnson family, Peter was a very unique, talented and compassionate person that had a major influence on me growing up and sharing time at Burke Mnt. Academy. I will never forget his infectious smile and laugh. Rest in peace Peter.
May 1, 2015
Dear Phil and Sue and Family,
We are very saddened by your loss and offer our deepest condolences. Be proud of the wonderful son you raised and the legacy he leaves behind.
- Your friends at National Polymer
May 1, 2015
To Carrie, Ruehl, Fearon, and family...our hearts are overflowing for all of you. You will be in our prayers daily. Love to you from Lorie, Dale, Isabella, and Sophia Fuller.
Lorie Fuller
April 30, 2015
Carrie, Ruehl and Fearon,

We were very sorry to hear about your loss. We enjoyed all the time we spent with you and Peter while we were at SHJ. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family...

Rich, Tania, Garrett and Grace
Richard Summers
April 30, 2015
still reeling over this news here in ca. wish i could give everyone a hug.
andrew danish
April 30, 2015
Dear Sue, Phil and Family,
I'm deeply saddened to hear about Peter. It's been years, but I always remember his free spirit. God bless you during this time and may you grieve knowing he is with peace and with God.
Nancy (Osborn) Mulholland
April 30, 2015
Sue, Phil and the Johnson family - we are so sorry to hear of your tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Dan and Diane Hickey
April 29, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with the Johnson family at this time of tremendous loss. Pete had an infectious smile and a warm heart. He was a true competitor and passionate for life. He will truly be missed. Kristen (Rutherford) Will
April 29, 2015
Dear Phil, Sue, and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Pete was a special guy. The first time I rode the chairlift with him (he was maybe 13 years old), I asked him about his ski racing goals for the year. He told me he was going to beat Zurbriggen- overall World Cup Champion at the time. Pete always reached for the stars. Memories of Pete make me smile.


Heather Davis Durtschi
April 29, 2015
Peter lived his life with purpose, passion, commitment and an extravagantly infectious enthusiasm that awakened the same in everyone he touched. I will always carry his smile, his laugh and his joyfulness in my heart.
Patty Klauer
April 29, 2015
I am so so sorry for your loss. The entire Johnson family is in our thoughts and prayers. I grew up racing with the Johnson kids in Michigan and have fond memories. My deepest sympathy.
Carol (Gass) Desrosiers
April 29, 2015
I am so sorry for your loss. Much love and Prayers to you and your family.
Marielle Shuster
April 29, 2015
Dear Phil,Sue and family
I was so shocked when I got the call from my son.Peter was such a positive influence in our life.He was a major factor in Jamie's transferring to Burke Academy.I got to know him well there.Then when my daughter went to CU we got to know him even better.He was winner a champion and wonderful person.We would be honored to attend the celebration of his life August 1,I'm so sorry.
Tim Moore
April 29, 2015
So sorry to hear about your loss. My heart goes out to Pete's family and friends. I will always remember him as a great competitor, unbelievable skier, and dynamic person - even as a teenager.
Andy Shape
April 29, 2015
My heart goes out to you, Johnson family...
Ryan Keenan
April 29, 2015
So sorry to hear of his passing hope he is as happy there as he was on this earth .. God Bless you and Prayers James and Rebecca Miller/Jamie Miller / Rock Kauffman family
April 29, 2015
My condolences go out Peter's friends and family coming to terms with the loss of such a beautiful soul. He will be missed terribly. PJ gave a speech in college where he memorized and recited "Last Thoughts On Woody Guthrie" by Bob Dylan. I reacquainted myself with this poem the night I heard of his passing and couldn't help but feel like Peter was there reciting it once again. I encourage everyone to read it. We will miss you PJ!
April 29, 2015
Our hearts are heavy for the loss of Pete. We are so very sorry for his loss and are praying for his family.
Tom and Linda Southwell
April 28, 2015
Phil, Susan, Mark & Dana
I am stunned and saddened by the tragic loss of your son & brother Peter. It is hard to even imagine someone that you knew as an infant, to see grow up as a successful & energetic young man, and to be taken away so abruptly. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you, and hope the life you have shared as a family will carry you through this extremely painful and difficult time.
Timmy Sanders
April 28, 2015
Dear Johnson family,

I'm so sorry for your loss. I did not personally know Peter well, but Fearon is with Max in Ms. Boss class, and I can't even imagine what it is like for all of you to miss such a great person. Please accept my condolences and I hope that time helps your family heal.
Maria Joesaar
April 28, 2015
I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping all of the Johnson family in my thoughts and prayers. He sure grew into an amazing man. God Bless
Lori (Flohe) Bernard
April 28, 2015
I met Peter once at City Club and was captivated by his wonderful energy. He will be missed.
April 28, 2015
We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers! So sorry for your loss.

Rob Jillian Charlie and Maddy
April 28, 2015
My deepest sympathies to the entire Johnson family. My thoughts and prayers are will all of you.
Chris Mullins
April 28, 2015
Peter will be sorely and sadly missed. He was a great guy who always meet you with his infectious smile..and always looking for ways to help out a friend. My condolences to the Johnson/Van Heyst family.

-Ray Johnson
Ray Johnson
April 28, 2015
Peter's infectious joy was wonderful to be around. Although I am deeply saddened for Carrie and his children, his amazing spirit and light permeates the world in his passing.
John Joseph
April 28, 2015
Heartfelt condolences to the entire Johnson family.

With friendship always, Mani Isler & family
April 27, 2015
Carrie, Ruehl and Fearon, we are sending you love and peace from Boise. Peter was the most intense and wonderful soccer coach to all of our little guys at SHJ. We can still see him showing up in his short- shorts, his pink/yellow socks and his crazy shirts. He was a kind spirit and a very sweet soul. He loved you boys so much and his love will live on through both of you.

Peace and Love,

Randy, Michelle, Ally, Ben and Will
April 27, 2015
I counted Peter as a precious friend. Peter loved life and everyone he came in contact. I will deeply miss Peter. My deepest condolences.
Rick Perkins
Rick Perkins
April 27, 2015
The world here in Boulder has lost a loving, kind, deeply respectful, remarkable community thinker and leader. A deep and long embrace to Carrie, his family and close friends. May he live on through your inspirations.
The Team at Earthvisionz
Carla Johnson
April 27, 2015
Dear Carrie, Della and all at vanHeyst. "When a man hears angels singing. S/he hears angels singing." Mary Oliver, A Thousand Mornings. There are thousands of mornings to come.
In sorrow for so early a loss. Margaret Maizel, Fort Collins.
April 27, 2015
The world needs more Peter's ....not less !!! I will miss you.
Jude Lange
April 27, 2015
Carrie & the VHG team,
We offer our deepest condolences!
Peter was a good friend and a good Man. We will miss his energy, enthusiasm and his positive approach to life.
Rest in Peace, Peter!
& Thomas Family
Sam Thomas
April 27, 2015
I remember him as a young boy full of life. Our deepest sympathies. Especially thinking of you Susan and Phil. Our hearts ache for all of you.

Kurt and Madelon
April 27, 2015
Carrie, we are Peter's Uncle Barry's sister-in-law and husband. We have known Susan and Phil since 1983. We know how proud they are of Peter and all of their children. Our hearts are breaking for all of you at the loss of such a remarkable son, husband, father, and steward. God bless you in these difficult days and as you carry on the life lessons Peter left all of you.
Bev & Woody Edwards
April 27, 2015
Susan Cialkowski-Eberly and family send their love.
April 27, 2015
My heartfelt condolences to my friend and associate Mark and his beloved family for their loss. PJ has the same warm smile as Mark and sure it is a family trait. May you find the strength to carry on for this incredible man that had such a positive impact on all he knew. Sincerely, Sandra Siegal
April 27, 2015
Pete was a very good guy who would help anybody. He is gone way too soon. Still can't believe he is gone. Remember a time when everybody was at Susan's house and he asked me if we had a place to stay and if we didn't come stay with them down the street because he was renting a house. He is now with Uncle Charles and Aunt Julie.
Bobby Mrozek
April 27, 2015
Carrie, Ruehl, & Fearon,

We cannot begin to imagine what you must be going through. Pete was such a fun-loving person and I know his spirit will live on forever in all of our hearts. God bless.

-Joe, June, & Charlie Skuza
April 27, 2015
Carrie, I'm not surprised that such an amazing man would choose to spend his life with you. I am thinking of you, Della, and your boys. xox

Lisa Maulharrdt
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