Warren Douglas Johnson
Warren Douglas Johnson, age 70, went to be with the Lord on April 20, 2019. He passed away in Anchorage, Alaska after an extensive battle with liver and kidney diseases. He was born in Evansville, Indiana on February 8, 1949 to William Merlin Johnson and Laura Lucile (Lundy) Johnson.
Warren grew up in Clearwater, Florida. As a teenager, he started a lawn service business where he saved enough money to attend Bethany Nazarene College in 1967, in Bethany, Oklahoma. He had always had an interest in flying and had obtained his private pilot’s license while in college. He also met his future wife, Betty Sue (Harms), at Bethany and they were married on August 1, 1970 in Lakewood, Colorado.
After college, Warren and Betty moved back to Florida where he was the inventory supervisor at Scotty’s Home Builder Supply. He later worked for Frontier Airlines in Denver, Colorado before moving in 1985 to Nome, Alaska, a lifelong dream. He pastored the Nome Church of the Nazarene from 1987 – 2007 and was instrumental in organizing a substantial building expansion, the Karmun Christian Education Center.
In Nome, Warren was a school bus driver and bus driver instructor. He also enjoyed snowmachining with his wife and son Jeffrey. During his lifetime, Warren was able to visit all 50 states and also traveled to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Tahiti. One of his greatest joys was traveling with his family wherever he could in his motorhome.
He is survived by his wife Betty Johnson of Chugiak, Alaska; his son Jeffrey Merlin Johnson and wife Stacey of Chugiak, Alaska; his three grandsons Sterling Douglas, Gunnar Merlin, and Reid William of Chugiak, Alaska; and his sister Sharon Diane (Johnson) Gomer and her husband James of Nashville, Tennessee.
He is preceded in death by his parents William and Laura Johnson, his infant son Douglas Merlin, and his brother-in-law James Knear.
A visitation will take place on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from 4 -7 p.m. at Eagle River Church of the Nazarene, where he attended. A Celebration of Life service will take place on Monday, May 6, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at the Eagle River Church of the Nazarene with a dinner to follow at the church, 11050 Cross Drive, Eagle River, AK.
Condolences may be sent to Betty Johnson at P.O. Box 671115, Chugiak, AK 99567 and Jeffrey and Stacey Johnson at P.O. Box 771642, Eagle River, AK 99577. Additionally, a memorial fund has been established in Warren’s honor at: https://www.gofundme.com/warren-johnson-memorial