Alvin (Al) Johnson

Alvin (Al) Johnson was born on March 30th, 1941 to Mary & Leonard Johnson. He passed away on August 7th, 2020. He married Marcia Freel in 1972 & they had two daughters: Tina, & Chalee. He grew up in Marin County & graduated from Redwood High. He later attended College of Marin. One of his favorite pastimes was playing trumpet in the college community band, and later in the Rohnert Park Community Band.

Survivors include his wife, Marcia; his daughters; Tina Silverman (Jerry), Chalee Johnson; his precious grandson, Carter Johnson; his brother, Richard (Deb); & numerous nieces & nephews.

His passions were playing golf, woodworking, playing his trumpet, & volunteering at Assistance Dog Institute (ADI) as a puppy petter, & he later volunteered in his grandson’s school. He worked in numerous management position with Pinky‚Äôs Pizza being his favorite.

In 2011 Al & Marcia moved to Redmond, WA to be near their daughters & grandson.

A celebration of life will be held in April 2021 in Northern California. More details can be obtained by contacting Marcia at


3 Responses to “Alvin (Al) Johnson”

  • Judy Anderson says:

    I have known Al my whole life. His family lived near mine and he and his brother Rich were good friends with my brothers. Al was always easy-going and kind, with a positive attitude. He worked with my dad at one time, and, although I haven’t see much of him the last twenty years, I always felt like he was family. My warm condolences to Marcia, the girls and all of those who loved him.

  • Richard Volle says:

    Thinking back, my earliest memory of Uncle Al was when he first introduced me to the trumpet. He showed me how to blow into the mouthpiece and make a sound that could eventually become music. He complemented the young me, on my first sounds from the mouthpiece and inadvertantly or intentionally, put me on the path to play the trumpet all through school and still, 40 years later, I play Taps for funerals for police officers, soldiers and Memorial Day events.
    Although Uncle Al was not a soldier or police officer, his kindness to a young boy, many years ago, has helped bring peace and closure to many families through the years.
    I will miss the kind, funny man that was my Uncle Al.

  • John Tyler says:

    I first met Al 54 years ago when I joined the Marin College Community Band fresh from relocating from New Jersey. Fortunately the director sat me next to Al and I immediately knew that this was going to be a fun band based on Al’s good humor, fellowship and good musicianship. Our friendship was immediate and persisted through his entire life and through his very happy marriage to Marcia and their two girls and grandson. We had many happy occasions together highlighted by creative and humorful spaghetti breakfasts, tube steak dinners and semi arguments over whose trumpet was superior. I am truly going to miss my best friend Al.

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