Bud (Willis Blair) Johnson let go of his failing body on April 10, 2021 after completing 94 circles around the Sun. He raised 4 children with his wife and life partner of 67 years, Ruth, who preceded him in death in 2017. Bud served in the US Army during World War II, and founded a successful consulting engineering firm in 1956 that still bears his name, and thrives, after 65 years in business. As a consummate bridge player, he achieved the status of Life Master, and was active in clubs in Colorado and Florida. Growing up in North Boulder in the 1920s, and as a lifelong resident of Boulder County, Bud saw unimaginable changes in the Boulder area, the state of Colorado, and in the world. His mother, Ellen, was a prolific landscape painter, and his father, Harold, worked for the Boulder Daily Camera. He met Ruth, the spirited daughter of Norwegian immigrants, at the University of Colorado, where both of them were members of a university hiking, skiing, and outdoor adventure club, married her at the age of 23, and bonded with her for life. Bud will be remembered for his kindness and generosity, his great love of the outdoors, his personal embodiment of integrity, his high level of craftsmanship, the strong, vital ways in which he engaged this life, his unwavering love for, and devotion to his family. Well into his 90s Bud delighted in riding a bicycle, playing golf, and traveling. He introduced his children to climbing Colorado's highest mountain peaks, the joy of skiing, hiking, backpacking into remote alpine lakes, reading topographic maps, international travel, and fly-fishing swift mountain streams. As a lifelong reader and lover of books, he passed on a passion for literature to his children. Bud brought competence, grace, wisdom, and a quiet humility to everything he did. Bud is preceded in death by his daughter, Katrina, his wife, Ruth, and his 2 brothers, Jack and Paul. He is survived by his 3 sons, Tom, Dave, and Andy, and by 4 grandchildren, Alexandra, Trevor, Krista, and Karl. Bud, we are all deeply blessed for having known you, for having been inspired by your examples, and grieve your passing.
Published in Longmont Times-Call on Apr. 18, 2021.