Maurice E. Johnson, Sr.
December 18, 1928 - August 21, 2011
Walla Walla resident, Maurice E. Johnson, Sr., 82, passed away August 21, 2011, at Eagle Springs Specialty Care Community, 20 NE Larch Avenue, College Place, Washington.
The oldest of nine children, Maurice was born December 18, 1928, in Auburn, Washington, to Clifford and Opal (Cory) Johnson. The family moved to the Walla Walla area in the mid 1940s where he met and married Marian Adeline Campanelli on October 27, 1947.
The couple moved to the Seattle area and both worked for Boeing Company. Maurice was also a volunteer King County Sheriff prior to moving his family back to Walla Walla in 1966. The couple was married for 54 years when he lost his wife.
Maurice, nicknamed "Blackie", lived to work. Over the years he started a variety of businesses, mostly in construction, always able to fabricate anything to fit the need. In his later years, he worked on the grounds of Providence St. Mary Medical Center.
Maurice's second love was the mountains and spent most of his free time at his property on Lewis Peak. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and motorcycle riding. But most of all he loved his family and friends. He was always the first to help - someone you could count on whenever needed.
He is survived by four sons: Michael L. (Mary) Johnson, Maurice E. Johnson, Jr., Martin D. "Marty" (Dianne) Johnson, and Mark A. (Wendi) Johnson all of Walla Walla; four sisters: Barbara Carol O'Dea of Walla Walla; Betty Lou Dougherty of Nampa, Idaho, Patricia Lodeski of Denver, Colorado and Maryann Henson of Ellensburg, Washington; two brothers: Gene Johnson of Seattle and James Johnson of Maple Valley, Washington; six grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
The graveside service will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 25, 2011, at Mountain View Cemetery, 2120 S. 2^nd Avenue, Walla Walla, Washington. Memorial contributions may be made to Walla Walla Community Hospice or Eagle Springs Specialty Care Community through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362.