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Marvin Johnson

Marvin Johnson, 77, of Spokane, WA, died on June 1, 2009 from complications of bone cancer. He is survived by three children, Marsha Bown (married to Chuck Bown) of Chandler, AZ, Kim Hopkins (married to Dale Hopkins) of Spokane, and Stephen Johnson (married to Diane McCloud-Johnson), of Larkspur, CO. Grandchildren are Michelle Giddings, Aaron Trainor, Matthew Trainor, Mandi Hopkins, Sarah Hopkins, Stephanie Hopkins, Casey Johnson and Travis Johnson. Marvin also has two great-grandchildren, Isaac and Signe Giddings.

Marvin was born in Newton township to Waino and Julia Johnson (nee Puranen) on April 28, 1933. He went to school in New York Mills, MN and married Marilynn Smith in June 1951. After a short stint in the iron mines near Hibbing, the couple moved to Yakima, WA the next year, where their three children were born. Marvin worked in the orchards, Yakima Hardware, and then Westinghouse, which began a career in the electrical utility industry. At Westinghouse he worked his way up from the warehouse to administrative manager, salesman and branch manager, in Spokane, Sunnyvale, Fresno, and Fargo through the mid-1980s. He earned numerous awards at Westinghouse as a top salesman and manager, and was particularly proud of his work to supply lighting for Expo 74. Marvin divorced from Marilynn in 1972 and was married to Carol Hoots from the late 1970s to mid-1980s. He worked for Platt Electric in Yakima and Spokane as a branch manager and salesman until retiring in the early 1990s. Marvin volunteered for the Spokane Police Department for the next decade, winning many commendations including Volunteer of the Year in 1998, Iron Man in 1999, and the Commitment to Excellence for Leadership Award in 2003, along with many friends at the department.

At his request, there will be no memorial service, and his remains will be buried at Woodland Cemetery south of New York Mills.