Kenneth William Johnson

Driftwood Duffy(1)Kenneth William Johnson passed away after a brief illness on Sunday, May 22nd at his home in Renton surrounded by his loving wife, family and friends while enjoying the sunshine on the deck.  Ken was born on November 7, 1961 in Denver, Colorado to Fern Ostrom and Ron Johnson.  Ken is survived by his wife, Randi McDonald, son Evan Johnson (Ilyssa Johnson), daughter Elaine Johnson (Brandon Monroe), mother Fern Ash (Jerry Jaeger), father Ron Johnson (KL Johnson), brothers Doug Johnson (Michelle Johnson) and Dave Johnson (Katy Johnson) and as well as many nephews and nieces.

Ken graduated with a computer science degree from Colorado State University and started his career as a software engineer at Boeing.  He continued that career at Palm Computing and finally as a software manager at Airbiquity.

Ken spent several years rock and alpine climbing and was heavily involved as an instructor for the Boealps Climbing Club as well as belonging to Everett Mountain Rescue.  He also enjoyed scuba diving, hiking and sailing.  Later in life he became a golf-a-holic spending nearly every weekend golfing with his wife.  Ken and his wife also enjoyed traveling to Hawaii and many parts of Europe over the years.

Ken had a special love for music and enjoyed seeing bands at the Showbox and other venues around Seattle.  He also had a love for the opera and had season tickets for many years attending with his mother-in-law.

Ken was a sensitive and kind individual and touched many lives in his time on earth.  He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance or any other charity that you see fit.

3 Responses to “Kenneth William Johnson”

  • Claudia and Darryl Jennings says:

    Ken was such a wonderful person. We met many years ago when our daughters, Ilyssa and Elaine, were in kindergarten. The girls remained friends, and when son Evan and Ilyssa were married, our families were joined forever! He was always so kind and generous with our family, and he loved our Ilyssa so very much. We thank his wonderful family for enfolding her and welcoming her so graciously. May he fly with the wind now and soar with the angels and progress in his spiritual journey now, unfettered by the constraints of this realm.

  • Pat Nelson says:

    I can’t express how grateful I am for Ken being in my dearly loved best friends life, Randi McDonald. It has been a pleasure to know and watch them over the years work as a team and grow together, and especially love each other. His support and love has enriched her and her family in so many ways, as hers did his. I’m truly heartbroken for such a loss, and very honored to have been part of them. You are greatly missed and I wish only the best on your new journey. Pat

  • Freda & Rolf Prouty says:

    In Remembering our times in the past with Ken & Randi, we just want to say that we feel fortunate to have met Ken, and have shared in many fun times over the years with both Randi and himself. And we feel warmly encouraged that both Ken & Randi found each other, and had the wonderful opportunity to share in each others enrichment over the years. We are heavy in heart for Randi’s precious loss, but are relieved that ken is out of his pain now, and we wish him renewed spirit for the journey ahead.

    Freda & Rolf Prouty

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