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Donald R. Johnson
July 7, 1945 ~ January 15, 2024 (age 78) 78 Years Old
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Donald R. Johnson, 78, of Deary, Idaho, passed away unexpectedly on January 15, 2024. Born July 7, 1945, in Moscow, Idaho, Don lived his entire life on the family homestead, embracing the old-school country lifestyle that he held dear.
Don attended Deary High School, class of 1963, and later pursued higher education at Spokane Community College. Don worked briefly for Boeing and Potlatch Corporation; however, his true passion was farming. With hands calloused by hard work he dedicated his life to being a farmer and a jack of all trades. He found joy in working the land and was known for his creative problem-solving abilities. In his younger years, Don had a passion for flying and enjoyed taking to the skies.
Outside of his work, Don cherished morning coffee sessions with his friends. He also found enjoyment in trapshooting, hunting, and tending his cattle. Family was at the center of his world. He always attended to his children and grandchildren's endeavors, standing proud on the sidelines.
Don is survived by his wife, Julie A. Johnson, and their children: Elisa Johnson, Chris Johnson (Brigette), Janelle Swanson (Bryan) and Gena Perez (Drew). He will be deeply missed by his grandchildren: Kayla, Cody, Dylan, Brayden, Sarah, and Brooklyn. Donald is also survived by his brother, Douglas Johnson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Virginia and Archie, and his brothers, Willis, and Kenneth.
Service will be held January 26th, 10am, at the Deary Community Bible Church with a potluck following at the Deary Community Center. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Don's memory to Deary High School (DHS) Booster Club.