George Dean Johnson

December 9, 1948November 4, 2010

Denison - Dean Johnson, 61, passed away on Thursday, November 4, 2010 at Texoma Medical Center in Denison, Texas.

Graveside services will be held at 3:00 pm, Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at Cedarlawn Memorial Park, 5805 Texoma Parkway, Sherman, Texas 75090 with Rev. Bill Ashburn and Rev. Tom Bilderback officiating. There is no scheduled visitation time.

G. Dean Johnson was born December 9, 1948, in Douglas, WY, to Wilda and Dr. E. George Johnson. Dean was active in sports, Key Club, and Student Council at Converse County High School in 1967. He graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1971 with a degree in political science. Following graduation, he was chosen to be a volunteer with the Peace Corp, serving for 27 months in Cameroon, Africa. Dean earned his MBA in International Business from Thunderbird International School of Business in Glendale, AZ.

Dean’s career in international construction and mining equipment sales began with Bucyrus Erie Company in Milwaukee, WI, in 1974. Dean traveled to war-torn Beirut, Lebanon, to adopt Melanie in 1983. Melanie’s sister, Brittany, was adopted in Wyoming in 1984. Dean loved his girls dearly and was proud to walk each of them down the aisle when Melanie married Hyatt Harper and Brittany married Kris Baxter.

Dean Johnson married Donna Skaggs on December 20, 1997. Donna was blessed by having the best husband who became her best friend. His humor, intelligence, and compassion were characteristics all who knew him loved.

With an MBA with International Specialty, Dean worked primarily in the heavy equipment sales and traveled extensively until 9-11. Donna asked for Dean to please change to domestic sales and happened to have the opportunity to begin working for Continental Equipment at the time. Most recently Dean began consultations for several top consultation firms and enjoyed the work immensely.

Dean and Donna enjoyed a simple life together and spending time together was the most important thing in this world, other than sharing time with their English Mastiff, Rafe.

Dean was survived by his spouse, Donna Skaggs Johnson, of Denison, TX; his daughters and their husbands, Melanie and Hyatt Harper of Richfield, MN, and Brittany and Kris Baxter of the San Jose area of CA; his mother, Wilda Johnson Macy and siblings, Beth (Mal) Wagstaff, and Brad (Joy) Johnson of Douglas, WY; sibling Jann (Mark) Johnson of Longmont, CO.; numerous nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, and brothers-in-law on both sides of the family.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society or to the charity of choice.

Dean maintained friendships around the globe and the outpouring of condolences filled with love has humbled his family and warmed her heart in such a time of need. Thank you to all. Godspeed Dean – tell everyone hello until we see all again.

Arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Bratcher Funeral Home, 401 W. Woodard Street, Denison, Texas 75020. For further information, please call the funeral home at (903) 465 – 2323, or for an online obituary, directions or to leave a condolence, please go to


  • Graveside Service Tuesday, November 9, 2010

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November 30, 2010

Donna, I remember interviewing Dean when he first came to Bucyrus. You could see a special salesmens glint in his eyes and he proved to be a good one. There are too many fun trips and memories from those day to recount. We stayed in touch and I was pleased to call him friend yet after all these years. My deepest condolences and sympathy. Tom Nelson.

November 15, 2010

Donna, We are so sorry for your loss, you have our deepest sympathy and love. Dean was a good friend in work and friendship. We loved to talk about life and family and work.
God Bless You, You are in My Prayers, God will lift you up through this time in your life.
Lyndell & Sharon Fuller

Mike and Marsha Benson

November 9, 2010

Donna, we are saddened by your loss and praying for God's supernatural comfort and peace as you adjust to life without your best friend.

Tom Bilderback

November 9, 2010

We share in your grieving and loss but not without the hope that Dean had in his Savior. I only knew dean for a short time through our mens bible study. Dean was a great encourager to me and often asked about our homeless ministry in New Orleans. He was a living breathing example of Jesus love.

Gary Pafford

November 9, 2010

Donna, I would like to express my deepest sympathy for your loss. May God provide you with Guidance and Strength to help ease the pain during this time of sorrow. You and Your Family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Sue Hurst

November 9, 2010

Donna: Dean and I went way back in another lifetime(I left B-E in 1988). We were co-workers in the Well Drill Department (Jim Belch/Dean/me). I am so very sorry for your loss. He was a great personality and so much fun to be around. He will be missed!

November 9, 2010

Donna, words can't express how very sorry I was to hear about Dean. I know how very much you (and Rafe) are going to miss him and what a hole it's left in your heart and life. But it will get better, day by day... Hugs!!!

Lisa Edwards-Filu
Darkside Mastiffs

Sherry Smith

November 9, 2010

There are no words to take away the pain of your loss, but know you are in our prayers and we are here to help you through this time of sorrow.

Janice Yeary

November 9, 2010

Donna, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. You have my deepest sympathies. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Simone Belmonte

November 9, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.