Greg Johnson

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Greg Johnson passed away on May 16, 2018. He is survived by his two children: Nic and Tami; four grand- children: Blaine, Rider, Isabella and Arabella; and his wife of 27 years, Sandy. Few stars shined so brightly as this one. An infectious warmth, an enormous heart, and a rebellious soul whose youthful antics remain San Luis Obispo lore. He rode dirt bikes through the high school, borrowed the Veterans Memorial cannon for a night, removed the "M" from Madonna Mountain (then put it back), and was chased around on motorcycles by many of SLO Town's finest officers, who later became friends. During a multi-patrol car chase in the late '60s, surrounded in dust and friends on dirt bikes circling around the railroad tracks below Sinsheimer Elementary School, he went home for more gas and returned to the police chase, just for fun. When I was pulled over on my dirt bike 15 years later, too young to have a license or ID, the officer said, "You're Nic Johnson, Greg Johnson's son?" I said, "Yes, sir." He said, "My god, I used to chase your father around here." He told me not to ride my dirt bike on the street, and I went home. On my first day of metal shop at SLO High I heard my name at roll call, raised my hand and said, "Here." The teacher looked at me over his glasses through a long silence and said, "Are you Greg Johnson's son?" I said, "Yes, sir." Then the barely audible words under his breath, "My god." My dad was a fearless, powerful force in this world. I will never fill those shoes or burn so brightly; but I was held, lifted, guided, inspired and loved by this larger-than- life man who will forever be my father. I was so very lucky. My sister and I will continue to grow from the power of his life, his love, and his laughter. Our children can retell his stories, and the youngest one can ride a dirt bike with an effortless grace that can only come from one place. To his neighbors, friends, and the countless people of San Luis Obispo that he touched with his kindness and loving smile, we acknowledge a light has gone out in this universe. We all carry a small bit of that light with us as we go forward, as we live and love and return to the chase, just for fun. For information on Greg's Celebration of Life event, please email [email protected].
Published in San Luis Obispo County Tribune on June 13, 2018