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Brian Johnson

1950 - 2017
Brian Johnson Obituary
Brian Andrew "Binky" Johnson
June 21, 1950 - May 27, 2017
Brian was born in Santa Monica, California. He was one of ten children born to David and Mary Johnson of Los Angeles. Brian is one the many children who grew up with the many families on Dunbarton Ave in Westchester. He attended primary school at Visitation and graduated from Westchester High in 1968. After graduation Brian moved to Santa Cruz Co. and remained here throughout his life. HIs last ten months of life were spent with his brother Neal, sister in law, Kay and nephews in Capitola.
Brian enjoyed music (Especially the works of Frank Zappa), attended many concerts that he helped to promote and enjoyed the lively action of the music scene in Santa Cruz during the 70's and 80's. He had a deep love for the outdoors and loved to hike, fish and camp. He also enjoyed time with his family at his vacation home in Bend, Oregon. During his illness he dreamt about visiting all the state parks in California and saw all the animals of the parks and enjoyed another dream where all his friends came together to the house for a party. When he woke up he said everything was perfect from the food to the people who attended. Brian loved sports and was a devout Raiders and A's fan. Many bets were wagered on those two teams. Brian enjoyed watching classic TCM movies and always relished his fathers quote," The best movies are made in black and white."
Brian is preceded in death by his father David Johnson, his mother Mary Johnson, his brothers Christopher, Dennis "Rabbit" and Ken, "KP". He leaves behind his brothers Phil, Tim, Neal, Bruce, Alex , his sister Annie and numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.
In lieu of flowers and gifts we ask you to support Hospice of Santa Cruz. We thank the nurses and Social Services for their constant support in caring for Brian through this period of his life.
There will be a casual gathering on June 24th at Neal and Kay's home starting at 12:00. Family and friends of Brian are welcome to stop by throughout the day.
"Do you love it?
Do you hate it?
There it is.
The way you made it."
- Frank Zappa-

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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on June 21, 2017
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