Darrell “Doc” Johnson, D.D.S., a resident of Mount Shasta since 1946, passed away September 5, 2013 at Mercy Mt. Shasta. He was 94 years young.
Darrell was born on May 12, 1919. He was raised in Sioux Rapids, Iowa and graduated from the University of Iowa dental school. As part of the greatest generation he served on a heavy cruiser as a dentist in the Pacific. After the war he came to Mount Shasta and then moved his practice to Weed when the lumber mill offered him free office space. He eventually joined with other medical doctors and built the ‘Rainbow Rock’ office building still in use at 50 Alamo Avenue in Weed.
Survivors include his wife of 72 years, Millie Johnson. They worked hard to raise a family, then danced and traveled the world. Other survivors include daughters, JoElla Johnson of Sacramento, Susan (and Lee) Chambers of Albany, Oregon and Judy (and Bob) Wheeler of Dunsmuir, and his Swiss daughter Mayouk Bagdasarianz of Lausanne, Switzerland. Grandchildren Tara, Casey, Tadd and Elizabeth. Swiss grandchildren Valerie, Patrice and Annik. Great-grandchildren Makayla, Jaina, Julius, Opal and Logan. Swiss great-grandchildren Maxime, Lucy, Arthur, Josephine and Mathis. He was preceded in death by his son Steven Kay Johnson.
Doc will be remembered for his love of dancing, his lifelong delight in card games, his dedication to the game of golf (his last hole-in-one was at the age of 89) and continued interest in people and family. He always enjoyed a good time and making people laugh. He remained young at heart and enjoyed going down the slide with his great-grandson Julius this spring.
A memorial celebration was held Sunday, September 8. The family wishes to express thanks to the doctors, nurses and caregivers who took such excellent care of Doc in the last few months.
Memorial contributions can be made to the United Methodist Church, 312 W. Alma St. Mount Shasta, 96067.