MARQUETTE, MI. - Donald S. "Don" Johnson, age 78, of Marquette, entered eternal life Monday morning, January 6, 2014, at the D.J.Jacobetti Home For Veterans, in the loving, comforting care of his family and the Jacobetti staff. He had been a resident at Jacobetti for the past three years.
Don was born on the family farm in Kiva on April 9, 1935, a son of Carl William and Marie (McNamara) Johnson. He attended the Mathias Township School in Trenary where he participated in track and basketball. Following graduation, Don entered the US Marine Corps in 1954, serving during the Korean Conflict, and being honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant in 1957. Returning home, he married Lois December on August 16, 1958 in St. Rita Catholic Church in Trenary. The couple moved to Marquette and Don worked at the Piqua for a time before beginning a 30 year career with Lakeshore, Incorporated. Throughout the years, he worked in Lakeshore's Assembly Plant as a moulder, welder, and electrician until the plant's closure. He then was employed with Snowberry Heights in maintenance prior to retirement. Never one to be idle, Don also did internal and external house painting for many years. Over the years, Don's family grew and he enjoyed the seasons of husband, father, grandfather, and finally great grandfather. He loved his family and they considered themselves fortunate to have such a wonderful, kind, humble, and caring man to look up to and model their lives after. He was generous with his time and talent and devoted many hours to helping his family with various home projects, caring for his beautiful yard, and being the head handyman. He had a love of sports, particularly basketball, baseball, and football, earning him the nickname "Magic Johnson" by his grandchildren. "He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Not every one gets to grow up having a father, grandfather to spend time with, learn from, and look up to, but we have, and we will be forever grateful that we did. You are the best thing that ever happened to us. We will always love you." Don was a devoted Tiger fan and enjoyed a good game of cards. A talented woodworker, he was known for his beautiful refinishing of antique furniture which he did for many years in his workshop. He could do just about anything he put his mind to and was always ready to be of assistance to those in need. He will be truly missed and a void exists, but his loved ones are grateful for his influence in their lives. Don was a member of St. Peter Cathedral.
Don is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lois; his children, Nicki (Suzanne) Johnson and Laurie (Pedro) Flynn both of Marquette, and Amy (Scott) Morrison of Gwinn; his grandchildren, Dan and Angie Flynn, Sarah and Michael Morrison; and his great-grandson, Jaxon Flynn. Also surviving are his siblings, Margaret "Muggs" Lemire of Ishpeming, Theresa (Eugene) Rodriguez of Marquette, Gordon (June) Johnson of Marquette, Paul (Virgil) Johnson of Swartz Creek, Keith Johnson of Longview, WA, Agnes Moore of Kelso, WA, Violet Fezzey of Oceanside, CA; brothers-in-law, Howard "Bud" Ouellette of Van Buren, AR and Arthur Erickson of Gladstone; numerous nieces and nephews, and many cousins.
In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by a son, Michael Sherman Johnson in 1969; brother and sister-in-law, Lawrence "Bucky" and Emma Johnson, sisters, Gertrude "Gert" Johnson, Frances Johnson, Grace Ouellette; sisters-in-law, Mary Ann Johnson and Eleanor Erickson; and brothers-in-law, Ca rl Moore, Donald Fezzey, and Henry Lemire.
The family will receive relatives and friends at the Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home on Thursday, January 9, from 3:00 pm until the time of service at 5:00 pm. Rev. Msgr. Michael Steber will officiate. A reception will follow in the reception area located at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Activity Fund at the Jacobetti Home for Veterans, 425 Fisher Street, Marquette, MI 49855.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the entire staff and residents of the Jacobetti Home for Veterans for the many kindnesses extended to Don and his family these past three years. During this time, many friendships were formed as we came to realize that he was in a place where he would receive wonderful care, understanding, and companionship. We, the family, are grateful for your caring concern for him and your support to us. Special thanks to all three shifts and therapy. You have truly made the last three years of his journey quality time. We are forever thankful.
Condolences may be expressed online at swanson lundquistfuneralhome.com