Harold Dean Johnson passed away on September 15, 2017 peacefully in his sleep. He lived in Kailua Kona, Hawaii and died of complications from a snorkeling accident. Harold was born November 28, 1931 in Idaho Falls to Harold Joseph Johnson and Ethel Mann Johnson. He was the oldest child in a blended family of 13 children and began working at age 12 in order to help support his younger siblings. After Harold served two years in the Army, he attended Modesto Junior College and earned a Technical degree in Carpentry.
Harold married Lydia Patrica O'brien in 1956. They had 4 children together. Pamela Dee, Michael Dean, Liddy (LaDelia) and John Daniel. After their divorce Harold met Joyce Good Johnson. They were married December 20, 1970 in Modesto CA. They loved each other for 47 years.
Harold worked two separate jobs simultaneously. He was a carpenter in the Modesto Local Union 1235 and his personal enterprise building homes. He passed his steadfast work ethic on to his children and grandchildren. Harold lived in various cities throughout California including Mt Shasta, Redding and Modesto. However, his two favorite residences were Quadra Island, British Columbia and Kailua Kona, Hawaii. Harold preferred an active, energetic lifestyle. Besides his two carpentry jobs he found time to build homes for Habitat for Humanity and for fishing salmon with his best buddies in the Inside Passage of Vancouver Island. He also enjoyed playing cribbage and bridge with his children and grandchildren. In his retirement he carved figurines, snorkeled and swam for an hour every evening.
Harold is survived by his loving wife, Wilma Joyce Johnson, his siblings, Raymond Johnson, Rhea Fisher, Melvin Johnson, Sharon Lundell and Allen Miller. He will be missed by them and his children, Pamela Leiren, Michael Johnson, Liddy Adams, Jeff Hood and by 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Harold was a man of few words, instead, he taught his loved ones through example. How to work hard, to be generous with time and money, and to enjoy life with gusto; be it fishing, snorkeling or playing card games. He leaves us all wishing we could play one more game of cribbage with him.
Harold’s Memorial Service will be October 9, 2017 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. 1105 W Orangeburg Avenue. Modesto CA 95350. The viewing is 9:30AM - The service at 10:00AM. The interment is at the Ceres Memorial Park. 1801 E Whitmore Avenue Ceres CA 95307 at 11:30 AM with Military Honors by the Veteran’s Association. For additional information you may contact Kristina Luna, Director, at Franklin and Downs Funeral Homes of Modesto CA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Harold’s favorite charity - Habitat for Humanity at habitat.org
Aloha Harold Dean Johnson