Vernon Johnson

It is with great sadness to report that Vernon Edwin Johnson passed away last Wednesday, August 21, 2013 after a 2 year battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Vern was born to Helen and Burt Johnson in San Jose, California on November 29, 1946. He graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1965, and went on to graduate from San Jose State College. He became a Union City police officer for 10 years, graduating up the ranks to detective then sergeant. After he left that position, he attained his real estate broker license and owned and operated the Stampede Night Club in Redding along with his close friend Ron Wakefield. In 1997 he met the love and joy of his life Nancy Fait, they married on June 13, 2001. Vern’s greatest pleasure was to be with his family and many friends. Vern was a wonderful husband, son, father, grandfather and friend. Vern was predeceased by his son Troy, sister Sue and brother Phillip. He is survived by his loving wife Nancy, his devoted mother Helen Johnson, his 2 step-daughters Shelly Wheeler, husband Matt, Stacey Ricketts, husband Daniel and their families who honored him with 7 grandsons, Sean, Kyle, Ryan, Jackson, Daniel Jr., Preston and Evan. He will be so dearly missed by all that knew and loved him so much. Please join us in remembering Vernon by signing the online guestbook at


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December 12, 2013

Don't know if I'll Make the services, And and offering my deepest condolences to the Johnson family this is Ronald Keith Johnson Born Biological Son of Phillip Bert Johnson September 25th, 1962. Sorry for your loss.

Lora Schulz

September 20, 2013

I knew Vern in the 70s when Maureen lived with him. I lived with him and Hubert in the house on Leland.
I was wild about him and we became very good friends. He was always a basic guy, worked hard and played hard.
Over the last few days I've reminisced about his walk, his smile and the times we spent together.
I'm sorry to hear of his son's passing and am happy that Vern had a loving family to be by his side during his tough times.
You are remembered, Vern.

Tony Montemayor

September 6, 2013

I met Vern in early 1973 when I became a Union City Police Officer. In 1974, Vern & I were assigned as a two man unit on the Decoto beat due to threats against police. Vern was a big guy and it was comforting to have him as a partner. Sadly, during that time period, our Police Chief was shot and killed in Decoto.

Vern was later promoted to Sergeant and became the Team Sgt for our team. He provided good training and direction for his team, all of which were rookies. There was never a lack of action and I remember that Vern was injured a couple of times.

Although I was disappointed that he left the department to pursue his passion - real estate, I could see that he really enjoyed working in that field and wanted to do it full time.

Vern, you were a great guy and you'll be missed - Rest In Peace.

September 3, 2013

We last enjoyed a wonderful evening with Vern and his wife Nancy on Aug. 8th. He was a great friend and always had a big smile and welcoming hug. We love him and will miss him greatly. He will be forever in our hearts.

Millie & Al Minasian

Sheryl Bane

September 2, 2013

I am a friend of Vernon's mother, Helen. Helen is 97 and has now outlived her three children. In the years that I have known her, I met Vernon several times. He was a very caring son. Helen gave him praises. She will sadly miss him.

September 2, 2013

Vern and I grew up in San Jose and, although we didn't know each other then, we had a bond during our time together at Union City PD. We reconnected in Placer County in 2008 and shared some good memories. I'll miss him.

Mark Fleishman
Coeur d'Alene, ID

Tom Macaluso

September 1, 2013

I met Vern in San Jose in about 1986 and lived with him. We became very close friends. You couldn't find a more thoughtful and considerate person once you became his friend. He would do anything for you if you asked. I will miss talking to him weekly and daily. He had a great sense of humor and always had a short bit of wisdom in everything he said. Just a great all around man. The kind of friend you might get one of in a life time. RIP Vern. Tom Macaluso

Ron Wakefield

August 31, 2013

I last saw Vern on August 15th 2013 for lunch. Vern was a wonderfull loving man, and my very best friend for 46 years. He was loved by many and touched his friends hearts in a wonderfull loving way and will be dearly missed by all who knew this wonderfull man and friend.

Jere Bashinski

August 29, 2013

I last saw Vern in 2008 when he and I accidentally ran into one another at a Kaiser facility. Vern and I worked together for the entire 10 years that he worked at UCPD. Vern was a fine Officer and Sergeant and I am sure he would have received additional promotions had he decided to remain in police work. I am very sorry to learn of Vern's passing and his suffering with Parkinson's Disease. I know that losing a loved one is an extremely difficult thing. If there is anything I can do to help in anyway, please call me at 916-933-2296 or email me at

Joe Reis

August 28, 2013

I first met Vern in 1974 when I joined the Union City Police Department. Vern was the first Sergeant I worked for. I finally reconnected with Vern via E-mail and telephone in early 2013. We spent over an hour on the phone talking about things that had happened to us over the years. I told Vern about the Dinosaur for Brunch Bunch group of retired Union City Police Officers and he expressed his desire to attend one of the Brunches. Sadly Vern was not able to attend prior to his passing. However, I am so glad we were able to have that final conversation. As I recall we had some interesting times together. For Vern's family I am sorry for your loss. Vern touched many peoples lives during his lifetime. I am glad he touched mine.