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Gordon Johnson


Gordon Johnson

Gordon Allen Johnson passed away on February 11, 2015 in Vancouver, Washington at the age of 79.

He was born in Rapid City, South Dakota on November 12, 1935 to Nellie (Posey) and Fredrick Johnson. Gordon married Jeanne Kay Boardsen in Goldendale, Washington on September 9, 1967. He made his career in construction for Local 335 Laborers' Union. Mr. Johnson worked on numerous hydroelectric projects including McNary Dam, John Day Dam, The Dalles Dam, and Bonneville Dam. He also worked on the relocation of the city of North Bonneville. Gordon worked on many construction projects in and around the greater Goldendale area as well, including the aluminum plant back in the Harvey Aluminum days then again in the early 80's on the expansion of Martin Marietta Aluminum.

Mr. Johnson also worked on the installation of the rock screen on Satus Pass.He helped build the Klickitat County PUD building, the Goldendale High School, what is now the Umpqua bank  building, the Klickitat County Jail, and the remodel of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library building .

The projects he was involved in are too numerous to list .

He was proud to be a Union member and was firm believer in the importance of union membership, and would let you know his opinion of the importance of belonging to a union.

Mr. Johnson also helped the Department of Fish and Wildlife with their pheasant releases. Gordon was a member of Trout Unlimited and enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, berry picking, tinkering at home and fly tying.

He is survived by his wife Jeanne Johnson of Goldendale; sons and their spouses Oscar and Darcy Johnson of Goldendale and Matthew and Wendy Johnson of Vancouver; grandchildren Scotty Johnson, Lorienne Johnson, Oscar "Oscie" Johnson, Jesse Jaco, Susan Johnson, Dakota Hill and Kallen Johnson; great-grandchildren Blake Johnson and Tayven Willett; and sisters-in-law Julie Smith, Gloria Riches and her husband Phil, and Mary Hopperstad.

A visitation will be held at Columbia Hills Memorial Chapel from 11 – noon before the funeral service at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 21 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Goldendale. Interment at Holy Trinity Cemetery will follow. There will be a rosary at Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Friday, February 20 at 7 p.m.

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