Danny Johnson lived his life with passion and a purpose, never wanting to be put in any box. He was born in British Columbia, Canada, and moved to Friday Harbor in 1997. Danny attended Friday Harbor Middle and High School, graduating with the class of 2003.
Danny played many sports including school track and field, baseball, football and his favorite — basketball (No. 32). He was voted “biggest flirt” and “best dressed” in his senior year and thought to be a Lance Bass stand-in after graduation. Danny spent the year after high school working and attending college in Washington but in the summer of 2004 he worked hard to make enough money to realize his childhood dream of living and attending university in Hawaii. Danny attended Hawaii Pacific University where he met his future wife Sahara and graduated in 2010 with a master’s degree in business administration.
Danny experimented and tried many different business ventures after graduation. He became well known in the online poker world as well as playing in the World Series of Poker for many years in Las Vegas. Danny and Sahara moved to Chicago in 2016 before the birth of their son, Jaxon. Danny used his degree and passion to get involved in Cryptocurrency early on, investing in Bitcoin, co-founding PinkCoin, Hxro and other crypto-related companies and gaming platforms. Danny was proud of his accomplishments in business but nothing could compare to his pride and love of his wife and son.
Danny’s sudden death came as a shock to us all. Danny had an infectious smile, a healing hug and a way of making everyone feel welcomed. Danny is survived by his wife Sahara (her brothers Jason and Max; and her parents Roxanne and Danny); his son Jaxon; mother Cheryl Johnson Napier; grandfather Barry (Carol) Johnson; father Jim; brother Justin (Tiffanie); half-siblings Blake (Selena) and Lisa (Todd); step-siblings Jason (Dani) Napier and Christi Napier; aunts and uncles; 13 nieces and nephews; and many cousins. At this time there is no date set for a celebration of life. Danny’s mother, Cheryl, is asking anyone who would like to share stories/pictures to please email her directly at JohnsonCher777@gmail.com.