Jeff Ray Johnson (Jefe), 62, loving husband of Susan Johnson, was granted his angel wings on June 30, 2018. His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends that Jeff had touched throughout his life in countless memorable ways. He promised his lifelong friends he would ski until he was 80 and take one last bike ride across the United States….he never changed those plans throughout his courageous battle with cancer. His pride and joy was his only son, Aaron Johnson, who was his best friend, adventure partner, and always there for him. Jeff died holding his wife’s hand and, in a private moment, saved especially for her, waved goodbye to his love of 40 years.
Jeff was born September 12, 1955, in Circleville, Ohio. He was the first-born son of Ray and Yvonne Johnson. His father was finishing his education in Ohio, and upon completion of his internship in Circleville, he returned to Southern California where Jeff attended elementary school in Yucaipa, California. He completed middle school and high school in Mesa, Arizona, before attending Texas Lutheran College in Seguin, Texas. In 1975, he moved to Boise, Idaho, where he lived the remainder of his life. He graduated in 1985 from Trinity College and Theological Seminary in Evansville, Indiana, with a degree in Theology. Jeff worked as a Psychiatric Technician at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise Idaho. In 2000, he left to join Intermountain Medical Imaging as their administrative supervisor and the HIPPA compliance officer. He loved his time at IMI and cherished the years with his staff and co-workers. His friends and co-workers respected and trusted his leadership and support and knew they could rely on him for almost anything. He completed many exciting bicycle rides including multiple rides from Portland to Seattle with friends and family. His love of bike riding was only surpassed when the winter snow covered Bogus Basin and he could cash in on his season pass, heading straight to Pinecreek Express Number 6. Jeff was a master of pool, cribbage, backgammon, pinochle, dominos, and card games of all kinds. He loved playing words with friends and had multiple games going with family and friends still in progress on his cell phone. Everyone said he cheated; nevertheless, he never wanted to lose and always found a way to make a word replete with the highest scoring letters.
Jeff was richly blessed with 40 years of marriage to his wife Sue. They lived life to the fullest spending hours together carving personalized nativity sets for each member of their family. Crafting was a special hobby Sue loved, and Jeff loved spending time working with her, focused on creating art that was uniquely created for friends and family. They travelled throughout the United States, even when it became difficult for Sue to travel. Jeff was committed to ensuring that Sue was a part of each adventure and acted as her caregiver up until the final months of his life. He selfishly protected his role and cared for her with complete commitment and dedication. Sue was his heart, his true love, and final thought as he said good-bye.
Jeff lived a full and blessed life, but the highlight was seeing his son, Aaron, start a life with his daughter-in-law Jessica. On January 23, 2017, his granddaughter Aurora arrived, and Jeff met her at 8:15 a.m. He wrote in his journal, “God bless Aurora, she is perfect and God sent a perfect white snowstorm to celebrate her special day.” Expecting his second granddaughter in November, he longed to live to celebrate her birth as well. Aaron, Jessica and Aurora brought him great joy and happiness, and his final kiss was reserved for his delight – Aurora!
Jeff is survived by his wife Susan Carol Johnson; son Aaron Johnson (Jessica); granddaughter Aurora Johnson; siblings Debbie Rosen (Vince), Jan Johnson, John Johnson (Debbie), Diana Jones (Richard), and David Johnson (Laurel); nieces and nephews Max and Jason Rosen, Julie and Samantha Johnson, Ryan, Tyler and Megan Jones, and Stacy, Kelly and Spencer Johnson. He loved and spent 40 years with his wife’s family considering them his own: mother-in-law, Joyce Johnson, sisters-in-law Denise Johnson (Steve), Beverly Johnson (Carl), and Lori Woosley (Tom).
Jeff was predeceased by his father Raymond Johnson and his mother Yvonne Johnson, whom we know joyously greeted him, rejoicing as they were reunited as they trusted in the promises of John 14:2 – My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? He was also predeceased by his favorite golfing partner, his father-in-law Dennis Johnson.
A celebration of life will be held on Friday, July 6, 2018, 1:00 p.m., at Relyea Funeral Chapel, 318 N. Latah St., Boise, Idaho. A reception will be held immediately following the services also at Relyea Funeral Chapel. This dedicated website is available for your special thoughts, and the family would love to read about your love and memories of Jeff.
A special Go fund me account has been established by friends and co-workers of Jeff’s: https://www.gofundme.com/the-jeff-ray-johnson-family, for the benefit of his wife, Susan Johnson, and family.
Please accept our personal thank you for sharing in Jeff’s life. Each of you played a special role in loving and supporting him throughout his days, and he loved you in a special and unique way. His wish for you would be to bring back the joy of your childhood, laugh, and be happy, smile, and giggle, for I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that YOUR joy may be complete. John 15:11. On May 18, 2018, Jeff wrote in his Gratitude Journal: He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters He rescued me from my powerful enemy…..The lord was my support. 2nd Samuel 22:14-19.