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Daniel James Johnson

Daniel James Johnson

Daniel James Johnson


- January 23, 2020

Daniel was born June 10, 1953, to Robert E. Johnson and MaryAnn (Williams) Johnson in Rapid City, SD.  Daniel was the middle son of three boys.  Robert’s career as a civil engineer moved the family several times giving rise to new adventures.  Originating in Rapid City, SD, they moved to Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, Pierre, SD, Minot, ND, Billings, MT, Bozeman, MT, and finally, Sheridan, WY, when Dan was in his last year of high school.  One of Dan’s favorite childhood memories was spending time on the family ranch with his grandparents, uncle, aunt, and cousins.  There he learned many life lessons that he enjoyed reteaching.

     Dan was an outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed everything the outdoors had to offer; from backpacking in the mountains to hang-gliding off mountain peaks.  His strong love for the outdoors led to a career in surveying.  Dan worked for many engineering firms over the years in Wyoming and the surrounding states.  He also worked for a short time as a charter pilot, flying clients between small Midwest towns.

     Dan was a man that had more hobbies than time.  He was an inventor and tinkerer, always coming up with a new invention the world didn’t know it needed yet.  Dan loved staying busy working on cars, building models, playing guitar, and visiting with friends.  One of his later passions in life was sailing.  He taught himself by starting out at local reservoirs.  His dreams were eventually to sail in between islands in the tropics.  He lived every moment as if it was his last.

     Daniel James Johnson, 66, of Nemo, SD, died Saturday, January 11, 2020, in a single vehicle crash on Merritt Estes Rd. near Nemo.

     He is survived by his brother, Jeff E. Johnson and family of Gillette, WY; his two nieces, Kimberley M. Sukstorf and family of Deadwood, SD; and Shirley R. Johnson and family of Prescott Valley, AZ; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

     Dan was preceded in death by his brother, Stephen Johnson; uncles, Mark Williams and Mike Williams; and parents, Robert E. Johnson and MaryAnn Johnson.

     Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.



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