Emery Randal Johnson passed away unexpectedly on August 28, 2021. He was 58 years old and a native of Humboldt County, born November 29, 1962 at St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka. His early life was spent in the Blue Lake, Arcata and McKinleyville areas. During those years he made many memories, significant ties and several friendships that would last the rest of his life.

Emery played pop warner football, attended Arcata High School and became an enthusiastic fan of the 49ers. Later in life he moved and lived in the Eureka area for a time but moved back home to Arcata to care for his late father. He loved spending his time with his siblings and friends whenever possible, whether it was catching a Sunday football game with his brother, holidays at his sisters’ houses, or visiting with his daughter and getting to see his one year old grandson growing up so quickly. If you asked him what is the best thing in life that he’s done he would respond having his children and getting to become a grandpa to two amazing grandsons.

He is preceded in death by his mother Carol Ann Movius Johnson, his father Charles Melvin Johnson, his eldest son Justin Randal Johnson, his brother Sherman Duane Johnson, his sister Laurie Ann Howsman, great nephew Zayden Johnson, and great nieces Eliena Johnson and Penelope Staley. He leaves behind his two children Adam Levi Charles Johnson and Cheyenne Rose Johnson, two grandsons Cael Randal Garcia Johnson and Kane Thomas Simpson, his brother Darrin Gregg Johnson and Emily Bishop (along with “babes”), his sisters Lisa Lorraine Johnson Lawrence, Kimberly Dianne Johnson (and Dan), Jennifer Michele Mills, and Charlene Rosenstiel; as well as many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and friends.

A gathering to celebrate the life of Emery for all those who hold him so dearly in their hearts will be held on Sunday, October 17th, 2021 from 2-4 p.m. at the Dows Prairie Grange in McKinleyville, CA. It will be a potluck and if you’re in attendance we would be grateful for any dish you bring along.

“This is the price you pay for loving someone so great. You get the wonder, the joy, the tender moments – and you get the tears at the end, too.”


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