Carleton Julius Johnson | Passages
March 12, 2010 · 4:11 PM
Carleton Julius Johnson
Carl Johnson passed away March 5 in Parker, Ariz. He was 80.
He was born and raised in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. He was the son of Julius and Edna Johnson, both early pioneers of San Juan. Carl attended Friday Harbor schools. His sister Marlene Crosby and his brother Edward Johnson still live on San Juan Island.
During his youth on San Juan Island, Carl worked around different farms. Later he drove a freight truck for Barney Mordhorst, between Friday Harbor and Bellingham. He also worked on fishing in southeast Alaska and around Puget Sound.
Carl is survived by his wife, Treasa Lish from Roche Harbor; and their daughters, Andrea, married to Clyde Lee; and Virginia, married to J.R. Haines. Carl and Treasa were blessed with grandchildren: Tyler Lee, Tamera and David Haines.
Carl was a veteran of the Korean War. After the war, he and Treasa lived around different areas while he followed construction, going as far as Rio Brazil. They finally settled in Belgrade, Mont., making that home base. He continued to follow the construction trades down in California and various places.
When he retired, Carl and Treasa started enjoying life and going to Arizona during the winters, returning to Belgrade for summers. In the early mornings, Carl and his beloved dog, Patty, would go on the four-wheeler out to the desert and ride all over. Carl also loved to fish and he always went to Lake Mojave and fished for stripies.
Carl leaves a long list of friends and relatives all over the country. Even though he had been away from the island for many years, Carl still missed his roots. He called his sister, Marlene, nicknamed “Pete,” often, sometimes two or three times a day. They reminisced about growing up on the island, as well as keeping up with grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.
— Family of Carleton Julius Johnson