John Burneil Johnson, 59, five days away from his birthday, passed into his Heavenly Home on Oct. 12, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. He was married to the former Kayla Hobson for 32 years, with daughters Kalynn, Karalyn and Jennifer. He passed away of heart failure.
He was born to Haroldene and Albert Ferris “Tuff” Johnson in Pocatello, Idaho. After the death of his father his family moved to Bancroft, Idaho, where he was blessed with a second father, Les Knowles.
He met Kayla Hobson in Pocatello, Idaho, and they were married in 1980. Later, in 1984, they moved to Hood River, Ore., where they lived and raised their family.
John grew up in Bancroft, Idaho, and graduated from North Gem High School. Due to outstanding academic achievement, he graduated from Idaho State University and began his career in law enforcement, beginning as a rookie at ISU and then progressing onto the Blackfoot Police Department.
He continued to serve the city of Aberdeen, Bonneville County Sheriff’s office, the Idaho State Police, and then on to retire from the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fisheries Enforcement as their chief. At the height of his career, he had the honor and privilege of serving the Nez Perce, Umatilla, Warm Springs and Yakama tribes.
Tribal members honored him by endowing him with the Tribal name of White Wolf. His charisma, wit and intellect were trademarks to his social and magnetic personality. He will be dearly missed by friends and family.
John was an avid hunter and gun enthusiast. He loved restoring guns with meticulous precision. In addition to gun restoration, he excelled in marksmanship.
He possessed a great passion for animals. He and his wife, Kayla, initiated a rescue program for cats.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Haroldene, father, Tuff Johnson, and stepfather, Les Knowles, along with his nephew, Terry Freestone.
He is survived by his dear wife, Kayla Hobson Johnson, of Hood River, Ore.; his special daughters: Kalynn (Zachary) Johnson, of Orem, Utah, Karalyn (Felipe) Castaneda, of Hood River, and Jennifer (Michael) Adkins, of Hood River.
Holding on to his heart are his grandchildren: Janessa, Cristofer, Diego and Dylan Castaneda, and Callie Louise Johnson. He is also survived by his treasured aunt, Virginia Ruger, of Bancroft Idaho, along with his siblings Darlene (Wolfe) Delbridge, of Bancroft, and Robert Gerold “Jerry” Johnson, of Pocatello. He also left behind aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews that were precious to him.
Services to honor and celebrate the life of John Johnson are planned as follows:
Oregon services: 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Hood River Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (18th and May streets, Hood River); viewing will precede the service at the church at 3 p.m.
Idaho services: Viewing is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Downey Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (525 E. First North, Downey, Idaho) with graveside rites at the Downey Cemetery to follow at 2 p.m.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031. Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.
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