Michael W. Johnson

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It has been said that a man’s true wealth cannot be measured in silver and gold but only in richness that he brings to all of those around him. Mickey Johnson was a very wealthy man.

Michael Walter Johnson was born on September 26, 1956 in New Milford, New Jersey to Otto and Helena Johnson.  He quickly became known as Mickey, in honor of the great baseball legend Mickey Mantle, with whom he shared a great love for the game. Although Mickey grew up in New Jersey, it never truly felt like his home.  After graduating from New Milford High School in 1974, he ventured out to Moscow, Idaho to be with his brother and friends. Shortly after his arrival, he settled in Troy, Idaho, where he lived out the rest of his life.

Mickey took a job with Knoke Concrete in the late 1970’s. He remained with the company for many years before taking another job with Central Pre-Mix as a mixer truck driver. He finished his hardworking career driving for Atlas Concrete where he was well known and respected throughout the Moscow-Pullman construction community.

Mickey was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to camp, hike, and hunt but his true passion was always fishing. Many of his happiest moments were spent with a fly rod in hand on the waters of the Pacific Northwest. He took great pride in taking a Steelhead with a homemade fly or a spinning lure that he handcrafted. His love for fishing was shared with his family, friends, and numerous others he interacted with on the water.

Athletics were a large part of Mickey’s life, especially basketball, volleyball, golf, and his true love baseball. He spent countless hours in the Troy High School gymnasium proudly cheering on his daughters in their many sports endeavors. Mickey was a dedicated husband, father, and friend that cherished every precious moment being with his loved ones. He will always be remembered for his beautiful blue eyes and contagious smile that could light up a room.

Mickey passed away peacefully from a suspected case of Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) on April 10th in the comfort of his own home surrounded by his loving friends and family. He was preceded in death by his mother Helena, father Otto and brother, Edward. He is survived by his loving wife Kelly and his beautiful daughters Jessica, Lisa and Taylor, step daughters Leah McFarland and Kara Kuhl, sister and her husband Rita and Paul Gorman, and grandchildren Jasmyne, Jordyn, Riley, Kayla and Alex.

A Memorial Service will be held at Short’s Funeral Chapel at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday April 14, 2016. A covered dish dinner will follow at the Troy Lions Club.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Mickey by check mailed to the Brain Support Network PO Box 7264, Menlo Park, California 94026 (www.brainsupportnetwork.org).

11 Responses to Michael W. Johnson

  1. Debbie Howe says:

    Kelly and family,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers! Mickey was a very kind person and he will be missed.
    Dale and Debbie Howe

  2. Marie Vogel says:

    To all of the Johnson family, I send my sincere sympathy. Mickey was a fun and generous man. I remember all the volunteer cement work he did for us in our fair city. We could always depend on him to answer our call when we needed help. He will be missed, but greatly remembered by all who shared in his life.
    May he rest in Peace

  3. Tracy Russell says:

    Dear Kelly,

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I think about you often. I was Tracy Hines when we worked together at the U of I. I pray for peace and comfort for you and your famly.

  4. Theresa Priebe says:

    Kelly and Family,
    Sorry to hear of Mickey’s passing. May he rest in peace. God Bless you and your family during this difficult time.

  5. Suzanne Scripter says:

    Dear Kelly, Girls, and families,

    I just learned of your dear Mickey’s passing. He was so devoted to the family and I do remember that smile.
    My sympathies to all and I hope to see some of you next week when I am in Moscow.
    So sorry to miss the service, but will be thinking of you all.

  6. Shelley McKie Housley says:

    Kelly, Jessica, Lisa, and Taylor,
    So proud of the way you cared for Mickey so gently and with all your hearts. He was a man surrounded by love for sure. My thoughts are always with you. And my heart.
    Love, Shelley and family

  7. mel halvorson says:

    Kelly and Family,
    Words can’t tell you how very sorry I am about Mickeys passing, you have been in my thoughts and prayers..
    I am sure that your dad was there to meet him on the other side
    Love, Mel

  8. John Spencer says:

    Johnson Family

    Sorry to hear of Mickey’s passing. I worked with him at Central Pre-Mix, he helped me with concrete work at my home in Troy and he always had time to help and instruct others. Anybody who knew Mickey was a blessed person. Heaven has been rewarded with him there.

  9. Sue Branting says:

    Kelly and family,

    So terribly sorry to hear abut Mickey. You and your family are in my thoughts. Stay strong and know that you are surrounded by people who will love and support you through this difficult time.

  10. Mark and Tracy Kanikkeberg says:

    Kelly and Girls, Mark and I so sorry for your loss. Mickey was such a great guy
    and will be missed by a lot. Our thoughts are with you turning this sad time.
    May all his great memories bring you comfort.

  11. Connie Stanton says:

    Kelly and family,
    So sorry for your loss. Keep up your strength and remember the good times.
    My thoughts are with you.

    Connie Stanton

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