|Birth: ||Mar. 27, 1924|
|Death: ||Apr. 24, 2010|
C. Dean Johnson III
Born in Portland, Oregon on Mar. 27, 1924
Died on Apr. 24, 2010 and resided in Portland, OR.
Celebration of Life: Friday, Jun. 4, 2010
"The Captain" passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at age 86.
Born in Portland, the first son of Ruth Robertson Johnson and C.D. Johnson II, Dean spent his early years in Toledo, Ore., where his family owned and operated the C.D. Johnson Lumber Co. He attended high school at Shawnigan Lake School in British Columbia going on to study chemical and electrical engineering at California Institute of Technology.
He served in the U.S. Navy just at the end of World War II. After college he returned to participate in the family lumber interests, bringing his new bride, Ann Cooper, to Toledo.
When the family lumber interests were sold to Georgia Pacific, he worked for Weyerhaeuser in Olympia for a short time before returning to Portland. He owned and operated numerous businesses in the Portland area, most notably, Structural Laminates in Beaverton and Eagle Flightways at the Hillsboro Airport. He pioneered the sport of soaring in Oregon by establishing a popular sailplane facility and school in North Plains. Dean and Ann enjoyed entertaining, playing pitch, fly fishing and socializing with many lifelong friends and relationships that they had built over the years.
His rhythm and finesse on the dance floor earned him the nickname of the "Dancing Bear." He had a competitive spirit, an optimistic outlook and was always ready to seize a teaching moment whether it be the fine art of navigating a jet boat or a seaplane upriver through the rapids on the Rogue, developing photographs in his in-home darkroom, the optical properties of a telescope or the whys and hows of DBase.
He is remembered for his good humor and keen mathematical mind and interest in all things technological-mechanical, chemical, physical, astronomical, aeronautical or nautical-and, of course, computers. He was an exacting builder and fixer of everything from drift boats to Heathkits, computers, suspension bridges and water systems! His family wishes they had inherited the capacity to learn all that he offered to teach. He was an active outdoorsman and an especially accomplished fly fisherman. He spent many enjoyable days at the family cabin on the Rogue River. He loved flying his red Stinson seaplane to remote fishing spots in British Columbia and spending time with his friends on the McKenzie and Metolius rivers. His family is very grateful for the outdoor lessons he taught, from the art of landing the perfect fly to orienteering in unknown territory.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Ann Cooper Johnson; and his younger brother, R. Lee Johnson. He is survived by his children, Julie O'Neal of Redmond; C.D. Johnson (companion, Laurie Dodge) of Portland; and Lisa (husband, Paul) Frey of Portland. He is also survived by grandchildren, Morgan, Molly and Marianne O'Neal and Amelia and Hillary Frey; his special companion, Beverly Kuhrts of Borrego Springs, Calif.; and many relatives and friends who cared for him.
"Captain Weenie" will be missed by all. A celebration of life is planned for 2 p.m. Friday, June 4, 2010, in the Multnomah Club.
This Memorial Obituary provided by River View Cemetery Funeral Home
Created by: Pat McArron
Record added: Dec 05, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 101769461
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