date of birth May 14 1930
date of death January 23 2014
Bert W. Johnson passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family. He was born in Klamath Falls, Oregon to Swedish immigrants during the Great Depression. His first few years were spent at a CCC camp where his father helped build Owyhee Dam.
During his youth Bert enjoyed reading comic books and eating Coney islands dogs with his Parkrose buddies. He was a terrific athlete and excelled at baseball, football and basketball. At the age of 15 he and his parents moved to San Francisco for a year where they ran a rooming house. His mother received an inheritance the following year and the money could not be moved out of the country so they drove to New York City and caught an ocean liner to Stockholm. Living on a farm in central Sweden was not his idea of a normal teenaged life but he embraced farm life. He baled hay, learned the language and found a true friend in his Uncle Erik. After six months they returned to Parkrose.
He attended Linfield College for three years where he met his best friend for life, Denny Morlan and the love of his life, Patti Fritz. The many good friends they met at Linfield were cherished for more than 60 years. During the summers he worked for the Forest Service and planned that as his career.
After completing three years as a Wildcat, Bert was drafted into the army for two years, married Patti and then completed his college education at Lewis and Clark. They started a family, had four daughters and Bert discovered his passion – teaching. He taught 7th and 8th grade at Collins View, Capitol Hill and Markham schools and continued to hear from many ex-students until he passed away.
Upon retirement he became a golf fanatic, fisherman, woodworker, a serious Wildcat sports fan and spent many happy hours attending his daughter’s softball games and his grandchildren’s sporting events.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Patricia, four daughters, Tina Marshall (Jim), Lisa Smith (Dan), Tess Bieri (Bruce) and Tricia Heaukulani (Bobby). His is also survived by nine beautiful grandchildren and three great granddaughters. His extended family and his friends were the most important part of his life.
A celebration of Life will be held on February 9, 2014 at the Shilo Inn on Canyon Rd. from 2-5 p.m. Because of Bert’s passion for Linfield athletics, the family requests that gifts in Bert’s memory be sent to Linfield College, c/o Institutional Advancement, 900 SE Baker St., McMinnville, OR 97128
Arrangements by Crown Memorial Center Tualatin.
52 tribute candles have been lit
Candle lit by Staff at Crown Memorial Center Our sincere condolences.
Candle lit by Tim Baines Thanks Bert
Candle lit by Cheri You with be missed by all. Rest in peace Pa
Candle lit by Mary McFarland Kleffner I am privileged to have met this wonderful person through his lovely daughter. I have such fond memories of not only her but the fun and great day the family took me out on their boat to teach me to waterski.
Candle lit by Paul & Lisa Quimby
Candle lit by David Mechler Thank you for all you taught me Bert (Mr. Johnson). I have bragged about you being the best teacher I ever had for many years! Eighth Grade Class of 1982 will all miss you!
Candle lit by Bob Dart Thank you so much Mr. Johnson for being the best teacher, coach and mentor any student under your tutelage could have asked for. You had the incredible ability to know just how to treat each person individually with the kindness or hardness that they deserved to make the class better as a whole. The bonding influence you had made each class feel special and strive for more.
Candle lit by Mark Robinson One of my favorite teachers.
Candle lit by Stephanie Earlenbaugh One of my most favorite teachers. I still remember all my helping verbs
Candle lit by Mary Hall Leach One of the kindest persons I've ever known, a good soul.
Candle lit by Nina & Vicki Lis With heart felt gratitude, we send our love and deep appreciation for being blessed with an amazing teacher. May the Johnson family continue to be blessed.
Candle lit by Blake Lettenmaier Bert, not a day went by that I did not use what you taught me. You were the best teacher I ever had. Rest in Peace my great friend and extraordinary teacher. All my sympathy goes out to his family and friends.
Candle lit by Janet Boller Dalton Thanks to Mr. Johnson for a lifetime of lessons. Lessons that continued to teach my own children. Mr. Johnson you had a wonderful influence on my life. You left this world a better place because of your compassion and your passion for teaching. Love, thoughts and prayers to your family.
Candle lit by You were a great teacher to many, I'm glad I was one of your students. Your work on this earth is done now. I will always remember you. RIP Mr. Johnson
Candle lit by Wade McLaren Awesome man. All will remember him - during my youth at Capital Hill.
Candle lit by Janis Wong Mar No other teacher comes to mind when thinking of Collins View and Capital Hill. He was a fantastic teacher who was both respected and loved. A teaching combination not often found. A prayer goes out to the Johnson family.
Candle lit by Bobby Heaukulani Best man I ever met...bar none.
Candle lit by Linda (Blinco) Tenney I grew up with Tess (lovingly referred to back then as Tessy or Otis), and remember Mr. Johnson as a kind, funny, caring man with a friendly smile and hug. He leaves behind a wonderful legacy in his girls and their families, which I know he was extremely proud of.
Candle lit by Denny Morlan Will meet you at the golf course.
Candle lit by Thank you for - the memories, your support, and the positive impact on so many of us. Love and miss you!
Candle lit by Thank you for - the memories, your support, and the positive impact on so many of us. Love and miss you!
Candle lit by Stephen Crane You were the very best teacher I ever had! Collins View 1961
Candle lit by Cristi My favorite teacher of all time! Whenever I'm asked about a teacher, he is the one I name. He expected the best from me, and he got it!
Candle lit by Marty Hartfield The best teacher I ever had. Even as an eight grader at CollinsView I knew he would always be my best teacher ever. A fine Man. Prayers to the family.
Candle lit by Shelley sinclair Hank Neal
Candle lit by Kathy McCrary Gary What an awesome man, teacher, friend. You made learning fun! Helping verbs anyone? Our thoughts are with your family.
Candle lit by Rhonda Warthen Hill My favorite teacher! All my siblings had him for a teacher as well and spoke of our fond memories In the classroom. Our prayers are with the family.
Candle lit by You are and will be missed. You left amazing footprints in many hearts.
Candle lit by Lee J. Siegel Bert Johnson has left a great legacy in all of us who were his students. Bert and his fellow 8th grade Collins View teacher, Alice Metcalf, helped open and develop our minds. Bert and other great teachers are the quiet heroes of my life and I am sure of many others.
Candle lit by Mary Cameron and family You will be missed
Candle lit by Jean Cottingham Ratto Mr. Johnson was a wonderful dad to his daughters. I know because I was lucky enough to be friends with some of them. He was a great family man who will be sorely missed but has left a legacy in his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. R.I.P.
Candle lit by Sally God bless you, Mr. Johnson - has, have, had, do, does, did .. how blessed to have had you as my teacher, still learning from your wisdom and kindness all these years later. Thank you so much for making all your students feel special, equal and empowered, you're simply the best. ^i^
Candle lit by Cathy Smith Mr. Johnson was over the top as a teacher and someone who cared for each and every student to do their best at school and in their life - then and now. He had a saying "You must try hardest when it's hardest to try" (remember and do what these words say) I did. Thank you, Mr. Johnson.
Candle lit by michelle (shemarya) alberts A wonderful teacher I will never forget.
Candle lit by Judy and Al Kenning Such a wonderful colleague, mentor, and friend.
Candle lit by Dixon Rauch Great man, teacher, father, friend. Amazing legacy and a great role model and influence on so many. God Bless!
Candle lit by Ken Reiner Bert, thanks for being a wonderful mentor to me at Markham. You showed me passion in your teaching and I know this helped me a great deal in my teaching career. My condolences to the family.
Candle lit by BillSwift Farewell old friend. We had some great fishing trips together. You will be sorely missed!
Candle lit by Doug Harmel I would like to extend my prayers and sincere condolences to the entire Johnson family for their loss. May you find comfort and peace during these difficult times.
Candle lit by Jennie Slaybaugh Miller The best neighbor and teacher ever. He had the knack of making us young people want to excel. And At the age if 5 or 6 I realized what "handsome" was because of Bert. No wonder Marilee wrote him love letters at the same age!
Candle lit by Gregg Johnson One of the finest teachers I had ( I still know all my helping verbs) thank you for taking the time with me.
Candle lit by Barbara Absolutely one of the best teachers I had at Capitol Hill. You will be missed.
Candle lit by Kent Goodwin My sincere condolences to Tina, Lisa and family.
Candle lit by Jeff Gilbertson A great man, a wonderful family. He touched so many lives. I still remember the helping verbs from the eight grade!
Candle lit by Mark Riley and Family To say Bert Johnson had a positive impact on so many who have known him as a child and as an adult is an understatement. He has always been close to the heart of our entire family. I will be forever grateful for his continuing friendship, his example and his mentoring. His spirit remains with us always. We extend our sincerest sympathies and prayers to his wonderful family.
Candle lit by Bob Walker Easily the best teacher I've ever seen, the most patient man I've ever met, the kindness human being I can think of. He wasn't too bad on the golf course either.
Candle lit by Joyce (Hansen) McCormick Mr. Johnson was truly, the BEST teacher I ever had! I too, still remember the helping verbs. I will never forget him. Capitol Hill, 8th grade. Class of 72
Candle lit by Mary Ann Duncan-Cole Thank you for sharing your father and husband when those late nights of grading papers and coaching afternoons kept him from his family. He had an amazing impact - those English grammar lessons, his love of American history, and his willingness to coach softball to a bunch of girls! But my most lasting memory is the day he had to tell his class that President Kennedy had been assassinated. I will never forget the look on his face.
Candle lit by Charlene Hill Chadband To Tina and family- You have lost a father,husband and best friend but just look at all the lives he has touched. He has left his mark on this world and will not soon be forgotten. My sincere condolences.
Candle lit by Anna Bowlby and family What a fantastic gift we all had the honor to share.A life well lived and an inspiration to all.He will be remembered fondly for his wisdom generosity and devotion.
Candle lit by Karen Bowlby Foster Mr Johnson was one of the most influential men my family had the honor of having for a teacher. His kindness and love for all of his students and their family changed lives. Thank you for touching so many children in a positive way. You made this world a better place by just being you. You will be dearly missed.
Candle lit by Melvin Broadous "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" uttered by Neil Armstrong after becoming the first person to land on the Moon in 1969. Thank you MR. Johnson for teaching me to see that I too can reach the moon. Capitol Hill, 1969. I love you Mr. J and will never forget.....