Clarence "CJ" Johnson Jr.
1924 - 2020
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Clarence "CJ" Johnson, Jr. Clarence "CJ" Johnson, Jr., 96, long-time Tacoma resident and business owner, died of natural causes on May 20 in Scottsdale Arizona, where he was living close to family. CJ owned and operated CJ Johnson Bail Bonds in downtown Tacoma for over 60 years before selling the business in 2013. He loved Tacoma and the people he served. Born in 1924 in Wyoming, CJ's childhood was spent in Rock Springs. After high school, in 1942, he attended the University of Wyoming (UWY) at Laramie, studying engineering and business. He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity. In 1943, with World War II raging, CJ left college and joined the war effort. He became a first lieutenant in the US Army Air Corps, 386th Bombardment Group, in Europe. He was awarded the title of first lieutenant at a young age, a rarity. As a lead bombardier navigator, he was assigned to a B26 Marauder bomber aircraft and flew missions from Normandy, France to the Remagen Bridge in Germany. He was based in Europe until WWII ended in 1945. Once home, he returned to UWY. Before finishing college, he went to visit his sister in Tacoma and decided to stay and build his life there. On a blind date, he met his future wife, Jimmie. CJ and Jimmie married in 1951 and were married for 65 years until her death in 2016. They raised three daughters, Karen, Diane, and Judy in their happy Fircrest home. CJ and Jimmie were long-time members of the Fircrest Golf Club and Tacoma Art Museum. CJ was also active in the Tacoma Athletic Commission (TAC), was a long-time supporter of the Tacoma Golden Gloves, and for many years provided trophies for the Longshoreman's Fishing Derby. Many community efforts benefited from his quiet generosity. He is preceded in death by Jimmie and their infant daughter, Sharon. CJ is survived by daughters and their spouses/partners: Karen Johnson (Doug Hildie), Diane Lahti, and Judy Johnson (Bob Kassner); granddaughter, Kelsey Maxon (Tyler) and their children; sister-in-law Roberta Voss, many nieces and nephews, and his "blended family" granddaughters Jennifer LaPorte, Sarah Smoldon, Kendall Vogel and their families. CJ is now with his beloved wife, Jimmie, dancing in heaven. There will not be a service per CJ's request. Remembrances welcomed at

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Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Jun. 21, 2020.
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June 28, 2020
A very special and thoughtful man. He was man of his word, considerate, and generous in his personal and business dealings. You don't meet many like CJ in this life. I am privileged to have known him
and will miss him very much.
jim halstead
June 26, 2020
I'm the housekeeping director at Narrows Glen . I am very sorry for your loss. CJ & Jimmie were special residents. Cj was always so nice and friendly. It was a pleasure getting to know him and he is truly missed.
June 23, 2020
He was a gentleman. A kind and generous man. They don't make them like him anymore!
Jeanne Hopkins
June 22, 2020
CJ was one of the kindest, most giving man I knew. He did so many things for events, people down on there luck, people trying to get on there feet. He helped me immensely when I started my business. Ill always remember the yellow matches. Greatest marketing tool ever for his biz. God Speed CJ
Brian Halquist
June 22, 2020
Great obituary, remembrance of your dad! It was so fun to learn about him! I remember him but didn't know him well. I really remember your mom most! Nice they can now be dancing together in heaven! Thinking of you & yours!
Linda Garrick Boettcher
June 21, 2020
My favorite uncle. A loving and generous family man with many happy years spending holidays in Jimmie and "CJ"s home. May they be united and joyous together again. Love you all and many blessings to his family and friends. Love, Barbara Barnes Perry and family
Barbara Perry
June 21, 2020
Thank you for your service
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