Gary Dean Johnson 1940-2017


Gary Dean Johnson, 77 of Cottage Grove, Oregon passed away November 24, 2017. He was born May 6, 1940, in Portland, OR to Clarence and Hattie (Fisher) Johnson. Gary graduated from Cottage Grove High School in 1958 and played both baseball and football. He loved to take his grandkids on his truck in the parades. Gary drove a log truck in both CA and OR as well as other trucks. He retired from Willamette Trucking in 2007. Gary enjoyed watching old movies, walking, baseball and football games, feeding birds, watching his grandkids playing sports and giving them great advise. He married Sandra Steen on March 16, 1958, in Cottage Grove, OR. Gary is survived by daughter Barbara Johnson, Eugene, OR, son Tim (Denise) Johnson, Cottage Grove, OR, daughter Vicki Johnson and son Rod (Laura) Johnson both of Springfield, OR, sisters Joan and Candy both of Cottage Grove, OR, brother John Johnson, Salem, OR, brother Walter Johnson, San Antonio, TX, 7 grandchildren; Chris, Julian, Dani, Oliver, Dylan, Ryder and Bryon, and 6 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by parents, a sister and step-dad. There will be a celebration of life after the first of the year. Inurnment at Myrtle Creek, OR. Memorial contributions may be made to the Burkitt Lymphoma Foundation. Arrangements by Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel, 123 S. 7th St., Cottage Grove, OR 97424.

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