July 20, 1947 – Dec. 3, 2018
On December 3, 2018, Lee led his last mule pack string to heaven. Lee Lavern Johnson age 71 passed away from acute leukemia in the comfort of his home surrounded by family in Helena, Montana. Lee was born to Edwin and Dana (Elsie) Johnson, both deceased, on July 20, 1947.
Lee is survived by his spouse Ashley (Faith) Clark, his sisters Katherine Bahny, Kathleen Sutton and Sylvia Harrison. Lee also has a daughter Marlee and a son Adam. Adam is married to Meredyth, who have two daughters, Myka age 3 years and Emily age 6 weeks. Lee has several surviving nephews, nieces and cousins.
Lee retired from Northern Energy Propane in 2012 after 23 years of hard work and faithful service to the community. While Lee thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the people that were involved in his life, he also enjoyed helping and assisting others to the best of his ability. Lee enjoyed horseback riding, packing into the back country, specifically the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Yet what seemed to give Lee the most joy was giving his sisters a hard time as all brothers tend to do. There will be many stories retold about birds and rabbits and Lee’s weird sense of humor when it came to harassing his sisters.
Lee enjoyed gardening, being a handyman and helping on any projects that he could for those he loved and cared for. The man we all knew and loved, had ten times the energy of the energizer bunny on steroids and never seemed to tire.
There will never be a way to forget all that Lee has done and the kindness and love he has shown to all he knew. Lee will always be in our hearts and never forgotten for he was one of kind. Lee was very fortunate to have such very special friends such as Jerry and Brenda, Justin, Kelly, Shrubs, Eddie, Bob, Roy, Jim, and many more. These were the “good old boys” so to speak who loved doing what they did best, riding / packing in the back country and giving each other all kinds of harassment. Stories will be retold amongst the good old boys of the pranks and harassments that they gave each other.
Lee’s remains will be cremated and tended to as he wished and will be honored in the cowboy way. In the Spring of 2019 there will be a small gathering of family and friends to honor this great man. The location and site for this gathering will be given at a future time.
Any that desire to send memorials it is requested that they be sent to St. Peter’s Hospice Foundation at 2475 Broadway, Helena Montana, 59601. This is to honor the people from Hospice who bent over backwards with their compassion to help make Lee’s passing more peaceful. Any cards can be sent to 3297 Valley Drive, Helena, Montana, 59602.
May his riding be easier and the trail smoother.