Donald Robert Johnson, known as Bob to his family and Don to his friends, passed away January 19th, as a result of congestive heart failure at the age of 89.
The son of Evelyn and Donald Johnson, he was born and raised in San Francisco with his brothers Edward and Tom. He graduated from South City High School, where he played football, and at 18 years of age served in the U.S. Army as Honor Guard to General MacArthur. He met his wife Elsie Elizabeth Blaha, known as Mike, and went to work for Pacific Bell, raising a family of four daughters in Peppertree, a subdivision in Concord where they lived for over 40 years. Happily married for 57 years until Mike passed away in 2007, Don then settled in the Rossmoor area, enjoying visits with his daughters and their families. Don was well admired by his co-workers at Pacific Bell and maintained lifetime friendships with them. After retiring from Pacific Bell he worked in many endeavors helping people; working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), volunteering on the Tahoe Rim Trail, driving a bus for County Connection and a school bus where he enjoyed his young riders and volunteering at Kaiser’s Mended Hearts support group. He was generous with his time and conversation and loved a good joke. Don valued the importance of family and his life was a reflection of his love and devotion to his family. He was a proud father and grandfather.
He is survived by daughters Karen Johnson and her partner Bonnie MacKinnon, Donna and Richard Lebert, Susan and Douglas Moore, and Patricia Johnson and Sterling Royal. He was the grandfather of Marissa, Spencer (deceased) and Sawyer Lebert, Raina, Olin, and Marshall Moore, and Hunter and Tabias Royal. He is also survived by his brother Edward and wife Arlene Johnson and sister-in-law Sandy Johnson.
A celebration of Don’s life will be held in the summer.
As were his wishes, he will join his beloved wife Mike in the Monterey area where they honeymooned oh so long ago. Contributions in Don’s memory can be made to St. Jude’s, JDRF and the American Heart Association, in honor of his grandchildren
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