John Michael Johnson, Mike to his friends, passed away at the age of 74. Mike has been ill for some time and received several progressively worsening diagnoses which culminated in the diagnosis of Multi System atrophy last winter.
Mike was born in Spokane, Washington November 26, 1946. When he was young his family moved to Montana. His time there left an indelible mark on him and he would share many fond memories of his home in Missoula with anyone he could and would make visits back “home” throughout his adult life. By high school his family had settled in Portland, a city that became his permanent home and a place where he would raise his family. After he graduated from Grant High School in 1965, he joined the Oregon National Guard. When he left the guard he was a Gunnery Sergeant. Following his time in the guard he worked as an estimator for Paulson’s floor covering, but soon found the career that would define his adult life. In 1972 he was hired by the Portland Police bureau over his 26 year career, including the mounted patrol, a position he often reminisced about fondly. He retired the bureau as a Detective Sergeant.
He spent the remainder of his retirement enjoying cross-country adventures or traveling the world with his family and providing wise advice sprinkled with a bit of humor to anyone who needed it.
He was a gentle and kind man who loved his family and nature and experiencing the outdoors whether it was on a hike, from the seat of his canoe or from the saddle of his Goldwing.
He will be missed by all who knew him; He is survived by his sister Mary Schimpf and husband Richard, by his son Brad Johnson and his wife Emily, Daughter Michelle Moffet and husband Dwayne, his wife Carolyn Wooden-Johnson.
At Mike’s request there will be no service, but a celebration of life at his home on Sunday November 7th
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