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Jon W Johnson

July 23, 1942 — August 22, 2023

Seaside

 

Jon was born on July 23, 1942, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria, Oregon to Elinor Webber Johnson and Wallace (Bud) Johnson. He is survived by his two sons, Joshua Johnson and J. Seth Johnson, their wives Stefani and Ona and four grandchildren, Judi, Dylan, Hattie and Pete. He was preceded in death by his wife Judi Johnson in March of 1998.

Jon was an excellent father to his sons, husband to his wife and partner of twenty-three years to Jeanne Uzelac. Jon grew up in Seaside Oregon and went to Seaside High School where he was an avid athlete, participating in Baseball and Football and was a member of State Championship Teams in both sports. Following High School, Jon attended college for a short time before joining the national guard. He worked as a logger in the Seaside area and initially headed up to Alaska to log and operate heavy equipment in 1967. During a trip back to Oregon in 1969 he met Judi in Portland and shortly after they headed up the Alcan Highway to Alaska. They spent the next few decades in Seldovia where he made a living by commercial fishing in the Bering Sea and later, as the owner/operator of 4-J Construction and they raised their two sons, Josh and Seth, before moving back to Oregon.

After Judi's passing, Jon eventually made it back to the farmhouse, his childhood home in Seaside, where he met Jeanne and spent the next 23 years with her enjoying one another’s company and partnership. He was an avid Elks Lodge and American Legion Member and volunteered in various capacities including serving as the Elks Trustee for five years. Jon and Jeanne were often out on the town in Seaside, down on the beach dancing to the bands or enjoying time with friends (and poker machines!), of whom there are many.

Jon was an excellent heavy equipment operator/artist and worked on a number of large and small projects in the Seaside area over the years. He kept working even after retirement and enjoyed working even up to the last few weeks preceding his passing. One of his many talents and hobbies was his love of wood craftsmanship. His wood boxes and trinkets created have put smiles on many faces in our community. His unique personality and sharp wit along with his orneriness made Dad the special man we all know and love. He was a great man that lived his life to the fullest and will be missed by many.

A memorial will be held at Evergreen Cemetery on Tuesday August 29th, 2023 at 1:00 PM followed by a celebration of life at the Seaside Elks Lodge at 3:00 PM.

One of dads many passions of supporting local youth events, dad was an advocate of The Hoop Shoot Program. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Seaside Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot Program.

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