Phillip A. Johnson


Phil Johnson died Sept. 23 in Lakebay, Washington at the age of 70 after a long battle with cancer. He was born Dec. 23, 1949 in Tacoma to Rogner and Edyth Johnson.

Phil graduated from Peninsula High School in 1968 and went on to manage the family business, Johnson Bulldozing, with his brother Dave. He enjoyed working on the Key Peninsula, building many log bulkheads in the area as well as doing other related bulldozing work.

Phil was a man who cherished family, was devoted to his friends and generous to his community. He spent numerous summers salmon fishing on the Columbia River with his closest friends and family, where many of his greatest memories were made and maintained.

He remained in good spirits throughout the good and bad. Phil always made time for someone who needed him. In his later years he made the most of it, never turned down a trip to the casino and remained active to the very end.

Phil is survived by his brother Dave; sister Esther Shulich; stepchildren Jason Marin and Jennifer Marin; his ex-wife and mother of his children, Dale Michaelson; as well as seven nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert, and his daughter, Hildi, both of Lakebay. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date when all will be welcome to attend and honor him.

Donations in Phil’s name may be sent to the Pierce County Humane Society, 2608 Center Street, Tacoma WA 98409.