It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dean Lewis Johnson of Los Altos on October 4, 2019. Dean was born in Aberdeen, South Dakota on June 8, 1929. He was the firstborn child of George Lawrence Johnson and Lillian Alice Lewis Johnson. His family moved to Robbinsdale, Minnesota when he was very young. His favorite birthday present was his sister (Alice) Joy who was born on his fifth birthday. Dean’s lifelong enthusiasms were driving, flying and Dixieland Jazz. He took his first solo flight in 1946 at Crystal Airport and graduated from Robbinsdale High in 1947. He joined the Air National Guard, serving in Wichita and Santa Maria, California, graduating from the University of Minnesota, College of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics in 1952. His first job was at Cessna where he was proud to have helped design the Cessna 620. He then moved to the Bay Area to work at Lockheed Missiles and Space, where he was employed for the next 30+ years. He married Patricia Lamb of San Francisco in 1961. They moved to Los Altos with their daughter Kathleen in 1967.
Dean was a private pilot and flight instructor with the Lockheed Flying Club and the Sundance Flying Club. He was also a sports car enthusiast, and a member of the American Sports Car Club. He participated in many sports’ car rallies. Dean was active in the Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Friends of the Los Altos Library and the Los Altos United Methodist Church. He actively supported Pat and Kathleen in all their civic and artistic pursuits. After he retired, Dean and Pat enjoyed extensive world travels and attended lots of local theater and concerts. He joined the Coordinating Council of the Los Altos Senior Center, where he enjoyed many hours playing bridge and participating in the gardening clubs, especially the Fuchsia Society. He was in the MVLA Hiking Club, supporting the Community School of music and Art and the Sons in Retirement. In 2006 he was put on Hospice care, but managed to recover. In later years he enjoyed traveling with his family, especially taking his grandson, Sammy to Alaska, Hawaii and Yellowstone National Park. This summer we celebrated his 90th Birthday and took him back to Minnesota for a family reunion. He is pre-deceased by his parents and many beloved pets. Dean is survived by his wife of 58 years, Patricia, his daughter Kathleen, his son in law, Paul Feigelman, his grandson, Sammy, his sister, Joy and dearly loved nieces and nephews and many treasured friends. A Memorial will be held at Los Altos United Methodist Church on October 20 at 1pm. Donations may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Association or the Community School of Music and Art. Dean wished to be remembered fondly whenever you take flight.