Marvin Carl Johnson

Marvin Carl Johnson, 78, a longtime Montesano resident died at his home on Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

He was born on March 28, 1935, in Elma, Washington to Carlos J. and Anna O. (Sater) Johnson of Elma. He attended school in Elma until the fourth grade when the family moved to Grayland to become cranberry growers. He attended school in Ocosta, graduating from the original Ocosta High School with the Class of 1953.

Shortly after graduation he joined the U.S. Navy and spent most of the next four years in San Diego, California. He met his wife, Edie there in 1957. She survives him at the family home. They were married in Yuma, Arizona on November 10, 1957, before returning to Grayland where he managed the Shell station for three years. In 1960, he began working for Brumfield-Twidwell Ford in Montesano as a mechanic. He remained there, working on school buses, until Brumfield-Twidwell closed their doors in 1990.

He then worked briefly for Whitney’s in Montesano, then for the Montesano School District as a bus mechanic until his retirement in 2000. He enjoyed reading, doing crossword puzzles, and looking at vintage automobiles. He was an elder in the Montesano Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include three daughters, Kristi (David) Devine of Tumwater, Amy (Rob) Fossett of Olympia and Erica (Steve) Freymond of Olympia; one brother, Roy Johnson of Puyallup; and three grandsons, Andrew and Ben Devine and Cooper Woodruff; plus several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at the Montesano Presbyterian Church at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 30.

Memorials can be made to the Montesano Presbyterian Church or the Montesano Volunteer Fire Dept.

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