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Douglas Harry Johnson


1945 - 2019
Douglas Harry Johnson Obituary
Douglas Harry Johnson

Reno - Douglas Harry Johnson, 74, died peacefully in his sleep September 17 at Renown Medical Center, Reno, after a three-year battle with cancer. He was born August 17, 1945 in Sioux City, Iowa, to Harry and Harriet Kraft Johnson. He grew up in Smithland, Iowa, and graduated from Westwood Community High School where he was a star pitcher for the baseball team.

After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and spent 18 months serving in South Korea as a supply sergeant in the Transportation Division. Upon completing his military service, he moved to Reno, enrolled at UNR, Reno and received a BA in history and political science. After completing a second degree, a BS in finance and accounting, he became a CPA. For several years he worked for the large accounting firm Elmer Fox and then for several smaller companies before deciding he wanted to be his own boss. In 1985 he opened his own accounting company specializing in small businesses. Upon leaving the corporate world, he never wore a much-disliked suit and tie to the office again. He was much more comfortable with his new normal work attire of jeans and sport shirts.

Doug wanted to be the best and most effective CPA possible and to provide exceptional customer service to his clients. For almost 40 years, he was not only an outstanding CPA to his hundreds of clients, but also a trusted advisor and good friend. He will be sadly missed.

Doug was a consummate conversationalist and debater. He rarely met a topic he could not converse about with knowledge and often humor. Using his quick wit, his extensive vocabulary and exceptional writing skills, he delighted in mentally sparing with others. He was particularly interested in politics, the universe, space and vintage airplanes. Traffic and poorly coordinated traffic lights in the Truckee Meadows and long bank waiting lines often topped his list of favorite debating topics.

Doug's caring, concern and empathy for animals, especially domestic cats and large cats (cheetahs, jaguars, leopards, lions, tigers, cougars) was legendary. He also had a special affinity for bison and brown pelicans. He was a generous supporter of many animal sanctuaries and nonprofit animal organizations.

He appreciated beautiful objects d'art and collected animal sculptures and photographs, unique paperweights, stamps, coins and large size antique currency. He enjoyed photography and appreciated beautiful photos, especially those of animals and nature. At one point in his life, he was a wedding photographer.

In 2009, he met Tyna Rush, the love of his life and in 2017, after remaining single for 34 years, he married her. He was playful, funny, and full of surprises, and always made her laugh. She introduced him to a variety of interests and activities he had never experienced before, including fine wine, white water rafting and opera, the latter which he came to love. She also introduced him to gourmet cuisine and fine dining; however, as an Iowa farm boy, his favorite foods remained steak and potatoes. He rarely met a steak he didn't like, and throughout his life, he continued to hate broccoli! He had two sons and was a loving and devoted father to them and they always had fun together. They especially delighted in going to large amusement parks (even as adults) and riding the roller coasters - the bigger and scarier the better.

Doug was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Harriet. He is survived by his wife, Tyna Rush; son Brendon of Aliso Viejo, CA; son Bryce (Dawn) and grandchildren, Charly and Walker of Valley Village, CA; brother Duane (Sandy) of Yreka, CA; sister Darlene Stravens (Robert) of Coeur d'Alene, ID; several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cats Linus and Saba.

A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, October 26 at 11:00 am at Walton's Ross, Burke & Knobel Funeral Home, 2155 Kietzke Lane, Reno. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation in Doug's name to Nevada Humane Society, 2825 Longley Lane B, Reno, Nevada 89502 or Tiger Creek, 17552 FM 14, Tyler, TX 75706. Condolences may be sent to Tyna Rush, 1281 Terminal Way, #108, Reno, Nevada 89502

The family would like to thank Dr. Amanda Hurd, Val, Kelsey and the other nurses and CNAs on the cancer floor of Roseview Tower of Renown Medical Center for their love, care and concern while Doug was a patient there.
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from Oct. 8 to Oct. 20, 2019
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