William (Bill/Willy) E Johnson

March 18, 1936 – May 29, 2017


William (Bill) Johnson passed away at the age of 81 on Memorial Day at the Evergreen Hospice Center in Kirkland after a 12 year long and very hard fought battle with Mantle Cell Lymphoma.

Bill was born in Seattle March 18, 1936 to Ernest (Ernie) and Mary Johnson.  He spent time growing up on the shores of Lake Sawyer before moving back to Seattle where he graduated from Lincoln High School. While in high school he met his wife of 60 years, Sharon Stanton. They spent most of their lives in the Kenmore/Bothell area.

After graduation, Bill was selected into the first ever model makers apprenticeship program at The Boeing Co. He stayed at Boeing for 41 years until he retired. He continued to be an active part of his retirees group (RATS Retired Alumni Tunnel Society) until his death. While at Boeing he worked on each model of the Boeing jets and was always proud to say he made parts that are on the planet Mars.

He was able to travel the world for both work and pleasure which brought him much joy. In retirement, Bill and Sharon were able to jump in their motorhome and putter around the US, Canada, and Mexico spending extended times in Florida and Nevada before returning to Seattle to start his time with the wonderful people at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

Bill is survived by his wife, Sharon; children, DJ (Louise) Johnson of Bothell, Kathy (Terry) Jackson of Bothell; adored grandchildren, Antonio (Carmen) Mora, Sarah Sterley, Karlie (James) You, and Hunter Jackson; and one amazing great-grandchild, Aurora You.

The family would like to thank all the staff at the various SCCA sites, Evergreen Hospital, and Evergreen Hospice for making his treatment, stays, and final days the best possible. His love of life and positive outlook on everything will be missed by all.

9 Responses to “William (Bill/Willy) E Johnson”

  • Carolyn Brown says:

    Thinking of your family at this time… GOD BLESS YOU!

  • Janet Edwards says:

    Sharon, my thoughts and prayers and all my love to you and your family.


  • Jim Mattila says:

    Growing up next door I can honestly say Bill (Mister to me) Johnson was a good neighbor and man for sure. He was in fact a great father, husband, worker all, and things are such that I know for his kinfolk the passing is very difficult even if the rest be so well deserved.

    But the family at least has the comfort of knowing the life he lived alongside, and moreover the help and guidance he gave moving forward such that his presence will never be mere memory any way one looks at it.

    What I remember most about the man, is that being an engineer, Mr Johnson was always a stickler for details period. He tried hard to do things right ever, and thankfully taught respect for that in all he encountered, even small kids just chatting across the fence. He was a model in not only how to do things right, but moreover how to conduct oneself absolutely.

    So he’s gonna be missed I must say, and dearly by those whom he cared the most without question. But I have to think all will be okay with his loved ones in the end, as being an all-around good guy, and them being good people each, I know they’ll be able to forgive him for leaving perhaps a little too soon.

    So rest in peace Mr Johnson, you not only lived life right and left the proper legacy, but got the dying part right also!

    Proud to have known ya, you take care…

  • Donna D Morasch says:

    He was a very special man. I will miss his story telling about his work and travel adventures. We shared his love of Lake Sawyer as I was on the staff of Sawyer Woods Elementary when it opened across from Lake Sawyer. I love that Lake.

  • Jim & Sheri Edwards says:

    So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Thoughts and prayers to you and the family.

  • Dick Volin says:

    Sorry to hear about Bill (Willy) Sharon. This has got to be a real heart breaker. My sympathy goes out to you and the family. God Bless

  • Ted Sturlaugson says:

    I will miss Bill a lot—-we have become great friends over the last 10 years, even tho I spent my high school years with Bill and Sharon (Sharon and I graduated the same year at the same school & Bill the year before.
    Bill did many good things (& stuff) for many people that was appreciated by all. We shall survive without the “Bill’s” of the world, but will miss THEM dearly—Have a “good nap”, Bill—you have earned it !….ted

  • Howard Higginbotham says:

    Sharon, words can’t express how sad I was to hear of Bill’s passing. Having Bill as a friend for 70+ years, I will miss him greatly. Rest in Peace my friend. May God Bless you Sharon and family.

  • Sharon Johnson says:

    Thank you to all for the comforting messages. I have drawn a great deal of strength from the love and caring comments from the special people in our lives. I feel fortunate to have been Bill’s wife for 60 years and know there will always be a place in my heart that he will never leave. I appreciate all of the kind words of appreciation for him.

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