Lives Lived: Alex L. Johnson (sponsored obituary)
Alex L. Johnson, a bright star, was deeply loved by many people. Alex was born in Grass Valley, CA on August 25, 1988, the only son of Nancy Deitchman and Lou V. Johnson. Alex died in Sacramento, CA, on February 6, 2010 at the age of twenty-one. He was living with his girlfriend Ashli Marsaw. Alex’s last evening was spent enjoying a pizza and watching a movie with his family. He died peacefully, early in the morning, in his sleep. He has a beautiful young son, Alexander Louis Johnson II, who turned age 1 in January of 2010.
Alex lived in and loved Grass Valley and Nevada City. He always considered them his hometowns. He attended Mount Saint Mary’s preschool, Alta Sierra Elementary School, Magnolia Middle School and Earle Jamieson High School in Grass Valley. He worked in music and insurance and completed a year of studies at Sierra College in Grass Valley. He was enrolled in his second semester of studies at American River College, Sacramento, at the time of his death. Alex was a favorite inspiration to many children where he lived in Sacramento. His young spirit shined as he gave them hope, advice and encouragement. He took them for walks, bicycle rides and sang songs to them on his guitar.
A small private viewing ceremony was held in Nevada City as his family said one last goodbye. During his life, he was held close in the arms of many as a son, brother, grandson, father, uncle, nephew, cousin, companion, sweetheart and friend through his journey as a little boy to a young man. Children, music, family, animals, nature and love were the true heartbeats of his world.
Alex loved to travel. He had been to Spain, the Dominican Republic, Hawaii, Mexico, Canada, and Jamaica, plus several Caribbean Islands. He also traveled the United States, including a journey to the Grand Canyon with his childhood friend Paul Zahorsky. He enjoyed trips to Miami, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Idaho and San Diego. Alex loved swimming with his dogs and friends in the Yuba and Bear Rivers, and paddled his canoe on Lower Scotts Flat Lake.
In his younger years, he loved skateboarding, snowboarding, video games, and riding his scooter. He also played excellent soccer and peewee football. He was a youth member of Sons of Norway. Alex was passionate about music and played the guitar, which he began at age 5. Alex played classical guitar and sang songs throughout his life. He studied in Europe with Jose Luis Merlin and had accomplished a repertoire of classical compositions, blues, country and folk songs. He taught guitar lessons at Solid Rock, a private boys school in Grass Valley, and had performed in benefits for Hospitality House. He also played the ukulele. He appreciated poetry and music. Most recently he read an original poem, “Song of Peace” at a reading in Capitola, CA.
Alex was a wonderful father to his young son and enjoyed being a Dad. Alex liked to go to his mother’s home in Grass Valley on holidays and weekends. He played with his dogs, took walks, liked the bow and arrow, wrote songs, went fishing and target shooting, and enjoyed gardening, nature and music with his Dad and friends.
Alex wanted to be cremated and have his ashes taken to different parts of the world where he had journeyed.
Alex is survived by his young son Alexander Louis Johnson II of Sacramento, his girlfriend and mother of his son, Ashli Marsaw of Sacramento, mother Nancy Hansen-Deitchman of Grass Valley, father Lou V. Johnson of Grass Valley, sister Heidi McDonald-Webb of McCammon, Idaho, aunts Kathy, Patty and Becky Hansen, from Northern CA, uncle Paul Hansen, Sacramento, aunts Lyla Wolfenbarger, Laura Maeder, Linda Johnson of Pocatello, Idaho and Lola Moon of Salmon, Idaho, many nieces, nephews, cousins and his dog Petey of Grass Valley. Alex was predeceased by his grandparents Lyle E. and Rena V. Johnson of Firth, Idaho and El and Audrey Hansen of Fremont, California.
Alex had a loving heart, a great sense of humor and a wide, beautiful smile. We shared many laughs and smiles with him and we always will. He enjoyed his family and friends and spoke often of those he loved. He will live always within the hearts of those who know and love him. Alex, we think of you, cry for you, smile at the jokes and tricks you played on us, love you every day, and treasure the short time we had together. Your voice is missed, but your spirit and soul are with all of us forever.
In memory of Alex, condolences may be expressed to Alex on his Facebook Memorial page, Alexander L. Johnson or Louis Valentine Johnson. For Alex, “The Road Goes on Forever and the Party Never Ends.” This was one of his favorite songs, along with “The Cape.”
In lieu of flowers, please consider a small contribution amount of your choice to an education trust fund set up on behalf of Alex’s one year old son, Alexander at Wells Fargo Bank, 214 Mill Street, Grass Valley, CA, (530) 273-4462, or any Wells Fargo Bank branch, Account # 6377069072.
There will be an open Memorial Celebration of Alex’s Life on Sunday, April 25, 2010, beginning at 1:30 pm. His Memorial Celebration will take place in the Great Hall at the Miners Foundry, 325 Spring Street in Nevada City, California.
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