|Birth: ||Oct. 23, 1956|
|Death: ||Sep. 30, 2010|
US Navy Captain. He joined the Navy in April 1977 and attended Jacksonville University from 1978 to 1980 graduating summa cum laude with a chemistry major. He obtained his Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies at the US Naval War College in 1995. After serving for over 30 years in the US Navy, he retired in September 2008. During his naval career, he was the commanding officer of the VS-29 Dragonflies and of the transport dock USS Denver. His last assignment was as commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS John C Stennis from 2005 to 2008. Shortly after retiring, he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease. He faced the disease with courage and, while able, helped raise over $11,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association to aid in ALS research.
His obituary from the Lewis Funeral Chapel, Bremerton, Washington:
Bradley Eugene Johanson, 53, entered into rest on Thursday, September 30, 2010, following a brave battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Born in Portland, Oregon, on October 23, 1956, Brad was the son of Eugene and Beth Johanson.
A decorated Naval Officer, his distinguished career took him all over the world, including Saudi Arabia, Somalia, and his assignment as Commanding Officer of the USS Stennis.
Brad truly lived life to the fullest. He was an avid outdoorsman, and took every opportunity to hike, camp, kayak, ski, snowshoe, and enjoy a multitude of other outdoor activities. He was a staunch supporter of Conservation International and was also a member of the Glass Odyssey Corvette Club.
Brad was a natural-born leader, and shone in both his military career and his personal life. Despite being diagnosed with ALS, he remained positive and never complained. When he could no longer fight his devastating disease, he focused his efforts and energy into helping find a cure. He was, and continues to be, an inspiration to his family, friends, and so many whose lives he touched in his short but incredibly full and meaningful life.
Treasuring Brad's memory are his wife of 33 years, Junay; his children, Amber Junay Johanson, John Wilhelm Johanson, and Wes James Grizzle; grandchildren, Hunter Johanson and Skylar Grizzle; parents, Eugene and Beth Johanson; and sister and brother-in-law, Cheryl and John Lyons and sister, Vicki Abraham.
A celebration of Brad's life will be held Sunday, October 3rd at 12:00 pm at the Kitsap Convention Center, Bremerton Harbor side, 100 Washington Avenue.
The family requests that donations be made in Brad's name to the ALS Therapy Development Institute, 215 First Street, 2nd Floor, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142.
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Created by: J.Sullivan
Record added: Oct 01, 2010
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