Dwaine was born January 9, 1936 at Opportunity, WA to Ike and Goldie Larson Johnson. He grew up and attended schools in Tensed and Plummer. He started working with his father logging at an early age until he was 18 when he then worked various jobs with different logging companies.
He and Barbara Mitchell were married in Superior, Montana on February 16, 1958. In 1961 Dwaine started working for Potlatch Forests as a CAT driver, and retired as a foreman in 1996. He then worked for John Thomas Logging and Pine Creek Logging until his “real” retirement in 2010. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed camping and fishing, spending many hours at Dworshak Reservoir. He and Barbara also enjoyed going to Jackpot, NV and the Coeur d’Alene Casino and were known to “enjoy a game of chance.”
In addition to his parents, Dwaine was preceded in death by a daughter, Kim in 1979, a son Rick in 1984, a sister Lorraine in 2006 and his step-mother, Melita Johnson in 2015.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Barbara, at their Deary home, daughters, Kari (Joe) Zagelow of Deary and Missy (Dan Callahan) Capps of Genesee as well as four grandchildren, Jim Zagelow, Lori (Joel) Jaureguito, Kyle Boles and Kayla Capps. He also leaves two great grandchildren Zachary (Stud) and Noah Collins, brothers, Vernon Johnson and Lynn (Audrey) Johnson all of Potlatch and sisters, Lynda Johnson of Colbert, WA and Karen Johnson of Potlatch.
A private family graveside service will be held at the Moscow Cemetery Saturday July 23rd. A celebration of life will be held on August 13th at 11:00 A.M. at the Deary Community Center.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Deary Fire and Ambulance Fund or to a charity of choice.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to www.shortsfuneralchapel.com.