Jonny passed away sometime around the 10th of February. It’s unknown to what caused this to happen but he got his wish and that was to die at his home at Notchko. He is finally with his mother, Vivian Kay McCovey, and his father, John Denton Simpson, and his sister who left him at the age of 9 that he missed every day since Cindy, Simpson. He finally gets to be with his grandma Lillian McCovey Shermon and great-grandma Elsie Grey McCovey. His great-auntie Elsie McCovey Bacon and auntie Bonnie McCovey Green. And his daughter Cindy Simpson and stepson Ben Taggert, who both left this world way too soon. And his best friends/cousins Tony and David Sylvia. And so many more that he cared and loved are with him. I know that they are all up there with him. He is another loved one that is watching over our family giving us the strength to live on.

Jonny was born in Oakland on Sept. 28 1964. He grew up at Notchko and was always riding dirt bikes and horses and at times was a bit wild. Lol. And yes, most of it definitely is true — he told me some crazy stories. I love my dad and I know that he loved me and my brother in his own way. I know he didn’t know how to be a father but I’ll always remember the times that we were happy and getting along, which seems very rare. Those are the times I got to remember we both do, brother. He was a very good friend to everyone that was his friend, and he was loyal. I wish we had more time to have with him. With all of them.

Jonny leaves behind his daughter, Tiannah Simpson, and his son, Sean Simpson; his daughter Cindy’s children, which is his first grandson Troy Green and his only granddaughter, Stella Green, who he never got to meet; his second grandson Pey-Goy Sean John Denton Simpson, who never got a chance to know his grandpa. He has stepkids that he loved but really got to know Sean Taggert and Lynden Sovereign. I know that he thought of them as his blood. There’s Allen Taggert, Lane & LeeAnn & Lance Sovereign. But my dad had numerous kids that he called son and daughter. There’s just way too many to name. When my dad was loving it was great and he knew his family loved him. And his friends too.

At this time there will not be a service, but once figured out and the time found there will be one around Hoopa or Notchko. And one in Eureka — just don’t know when at this moment. I’m sorry and thank you for everyone’s condolences and I’m sorry if you were not mentioned. Just know that I am thinking of you and he is watching over you.


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