Bryan Johnson

Bryan Johnson PhotoBryan Wayne Johnson, lifelong area resident, lost his short battle with cancer Sunday January 15, 2017, in Moscow, surrounded by his family and beloved pets. He was 42.

Bryan was born April 16, 1974 in Moscow to Gary and Lorrayne Olesen Johnson. He grew up in Troy and graduated from Troy high school in 1992. During high school he worked for Eddie Swanson and Ole Hanson on their farms. He attended North Idaho College after high school and became a certified welder in 1993. After college Bryan went to work for Pete Abbott as a welder. He later went to work for the University of Idaho where he worked for over 15 years in the welding shop and later in maintenance, before his love of farming called him back. Bryan had been farming out of Prescott, WA for the last several years, prior to getting sick.

In April of 1997 Bryan married Cindy Banks. Bryan and Cindy were best friends.  She cared for him to his passing.

Bryan was a devoted father, husband, friend, son and brother, and will be missed by all who knew him. He was an avid farmer and certified welder, and loved snowmobiling, four wheeling, boating and fishing, but most of all he loved to help others and always made himself available to those in need.

Bryan is survived by his life partner, Cindy Banks Johnson, children Wade Johnson, Jake and Ashly Banks, parents Gary and Lorrayne Johnson, of Yuma, Arizona, sister Cindy Lepre Johnson, of Long Beach, CA, his grandmother, Eleanor Olesen of Moscow, nephews Marko Lepre, Zach (Kelly) Gilder, Brayden Nichols, niece Caitlin Nichols, his in-laws Butch and Nolene Banks, sister-in-law Shannon (Jeff) DeMeerleer, Uncles Wayne (Carol) Ken (Jayne) Olesen PJ (Tom) Hudson, Linda Ward Johnson and Denny (Linda) Johnson and many many cousins.

Bryan was preceded in death by his Uncle Darrell Johnson, his grandfather William Olesen, grandparents, Jean and Arcadius Johnson and cousin Michael Coffin.

Our family would like to thank the community both locally and in Prescott, WA for all their support.

Bryan asked for a celebration of his “Happy Hours” and his party will be from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM Friday, January 20th at the Latah County Fairgrounds Building. So drive your trucks and tractors, wear your best farm attire, represent your favorite football team (as long as it’s the Cowboys!), or your “Team Johnson” shirt. SEE YOU THERE!

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Troy High School Baseball.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel of Moscow and condolences may be left at

5 Responses to Bryan Johnson

  1. Kathy & Greg Valentine says:

    What a nice picture into the life of a wonderful person. We share your grief and sorrow, as we celebrate Bryan’s life.

  2. Cliff and BJ Swanson says:

    We are so sorry for Gary’s passing.

  3. Michelle Brock says:

    I already miss you Bryan. Thank you for all the times you checked on me when my family was gone, for your kindness every time I saw you and all the help you offered without respecting anything in return. I look forward to the day I see you again.

  4. PJ, Tom, Adam and Emily Hudson says:

    Cindy, Jake and Wade,
    We are so sorry for your loss and for your sorrow from Bryan’s passing. Our thoughts are filled with images of his smiles, kindnesses, friendship and humor. With you, we celebrate his life and the privilege we’ve had of knowing him and being a part of his family. God bless you all.

    PJ, Tom, Adam and Emily Hudson
    California Team Johnson

  5. Lyle and Debbie Jensen says:

    Our hearts and prayers are with you all. We have had a lot of fun with Bryan and he was always eager to help on many of our projects that usually involved a happy hour; sorry we won’t be able to be there to celebrate the last one. There are many fun memories of the hunting and fishing trips and the stories will be told for a long time.

    Bryan will be truly missed.

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