Michael Ray Johnson

July 10, 1953April 7, 2018
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Michael Ray Johnson, age 64, of Henderson, Nevada passed away on Saturday April 7, 2018. He was born July 10, 1953 in California.

A visitation for Michael was held at Palm Mortuary - 800 South Boulder Highway, Henderson, Nevada 89015. Michael will rest in all his favorite places! He is survived by his loving wife and soul mate Pamela Hooper. Six children Wayne, Theresa, Sashene, Christopher, Sean Michael and Sean, Seven grandchildren, Tyler, Charles, Nichole, Chance, Baylee, Andrew and Remy. And five great grandchildren Marcus, Dakota, Misty, Mikey and Paisley. He had four brothers, Dick, Tom and Jerry and his brother Jay who has passed away.

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Sashene Johnson Powell

August 7, 2018

Halloween 2017

Russell Gilmore

July 11, 2018

Wow I can't believe the news I got today about my brother Michael J. Michael J and I met at Redondo Union High School auto shop. Michael and I would knock on the door at lunch time and the auto shop teacher would let us in, his name was Ernie Burton Michael and I called him Uncle Ernie. Michael and I were like brothers I could not see him for 5 years and then get together and it was like we never skipped a beat. Mike and I spend a lot of time playing with our cars and different projects, him and I got to where we could swap a couple of old Chevy engines and have them back in the two cars and running before they even cooled off. I remember those days that Tina was talking about them running away, them getting married. The three of us used to go to the Colorado River at Parker Arizona we had a blast. One of our trips to the Colorado River a boat had to cut its anchor rope because the anchor got tied up in a tree, well Michael and I weren't going to leave that anchor so we found some rope and managed to pull out the tree and the anchor. Tina Marie will remember this photo I'm so sad to hear about my brother. I will truly miss our phone conversations. It's a sad day for all of us. I love you brother hugs Russell Gilmore

Sashene Johnson Powell

July 10, 2018

Sashene Powell

July 10, 2018

JULY 2017 Spending time hanging out at the Lake. Just looking at the water listening to music (probably Lynard Skynard). Relaxing, enjoying "adult" time. I loved these times together!

Sashene Johnson-Powell

July 2, 2018

Maybe most of all my love and passion for the water! I have so many memories of times at the Parker Az campground, Kern River, Lake Mead, and Bullhead City River campground. How many people can say that their dad built a pirate ship out of pontoon rafts and floated down the river with thousands of other tubers?! You also gave me my love of so much more like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches when I was 2 years old. You have given me so much more than I could ever say, but I'm proud to tell everyone that asks how I got my beautiful name it's because of my dad (and Marlon Brando).
Having the family together was all you ever wanted and we had so much fun together. Thank you for keeping us a close family. I will always cherish the Halloween parties, I always looked forward to the end of night pictures with just dad and us girls. Spending the holidays together, including nascar holidays are always the best. I am so grateful that my children got to know you and that you passed on your knowledge to them as often as possible. I know they will cherish every thing you taught them every day. I will always remember the lessons you have taught me, and I will always try to make you proud of me. Our family will never be the same but I know that you are watching over us. I knew that when I was getting my tattoo of your hand on my shoulder ( so you will always be guiding me) and on the radio starts to play ALICES RESTURANT! I see and feel you in everything, and every song everyday. I don't know what lays ahead but I know that we have a guardian! DaD until we meet again, puff puff pass! I love you and miss you every day.

Always and Forever Your Kiddo, Sashene Nicole

Sashene Johnson-Powell

July 2, 2018

I want to start by saying that I love you and miss you more than I could ever put into words! I hope you know how much of an influence you have had on every aspect of my life. You have been more than my father, you are my superhero, my rock, my teacher, my problem solver, my idea maker, our family GENIUS!, my friend and so much more, you gave me life and showed me how to live. Some of my earliest memories are of the adventures you would take me on. At the river swinging on a tree rope when everyone else said I was to little you knew I could do it. Taking me on my first speed boat going as fast as (what seemed to a little girl) like the speed of light. I will never forget that rush of fear and excitement. Going to my first car race feeling the power of the motors as the cars sped by us as I was holding your hand. Tubing down the river, all the camping trips, boat trips, and even running around at a San Francisco hotel causing havoc with my new seester that you gave me along with a beautiful soul step mother and brothers. You taught me my cense of adventure, to live life, and try and have as many experiences as possible. You also taught me to work hard, enjoy the moments we have and relax when we can. You gave me my love of cars, always a Chevy girl just like my daddy! My love of music. I can still remember the best of the 50's cassette you gave me when I was 12. Memorizing Mack the Knife so I could sing it with you when we were driving. Then being a teenager thinking it was so cool, sitting (or running around) in the studio listing to the Van Zant Band recording when you were their manager. My love of camping, all the cool places we would visit. I remember one time waking up to see a bull in the middle of the campground.

Edward and Sheri Cox

July 2, 2018

Michael you always made us feel welcome in your home and made us feel like family. When we needed help you were there for us. You included me in conversations and made me feel like I was doing a good job as a father and a husband. You never had anything negative to say about us and always praised my kids about how good they were doing. You will be missed but never forgotten. It was a pleasure to know you here in this life and it will be a pleasure to know you in the next one. I know you are looking down on us and smiling. With love always.

Edward and Sheri Cox

Christopher Powell

July 1, 2018

I only met you 16 years ago but I feel like its been so much longer. All the stories we have told growing up around the same time around the same places. You brought me into your home and treated me like family instantly. You have been such a great life teacher to myself and everyone around you. you were such a big influence in my wife's, my children's and my life. I thank you for allowing me to be part of your family. Thank you for everything. I feel very lucky that I have been able to call you my father in-law.

Chris Powell

Tina-Marie Mcwhorter

July 1, 2018

You made growing up such a great experience and I loved you so much for that. Going to my first prom, running away to be together, hiding under bridges playing the CB radio game, car accidents, always having adventures. You were my first love and you gave me our beautiful and caring daughter. after 50 years of having you in my life, I will miss growing old without one of my best friends. You might be gone physically but you will always be in my heart. thank you for everything. until we meet again at the river one day. all my love, Tina-Marie.

Pamela Hooper

June 29, 2018

Our backyard just before our Wedding


Michael Ray Johnson was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed him to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, he possessed a tough-minded, ‚Äútake charge‚ÄĚ attitude. He had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and he was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Michael always sought out the scene where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, Michael was an individual who enjoyed life‚Äôs challenges.

       His parents were Norman and Tilly. Michael was raised in Redondo Beach Califorinia. Always able to express himself well, Michael possessed strong interpersonal skills. He was optimistic in his outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in his communication. Armed with a great wit, Michael was raised to implement a strong personal work ethic.

Michael was able to relate well with others. Michael had four older brothers, Dick, Jerry, Tom and Jay that he was not raised around but still had that family connection with. Michael had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return.

    While growing up Michael was outgoing, always enjoyed new activities and pursued a variety of interests. In his spare time as a teenager he liked building Car Models, drawing, riding bikes/skateboards, auto-shop at Redondo High, and his real passion, spending time at the Beach Surfing.

     In high school, Michael was known to others as a rebel and somewhat driven individual, His curious nature was spurred by his ability to maximize his personal learning style through employing a hands-on approach. He was good with facts. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was auto-shop. He was suspended for having the longest hair for a male in school and refused to cut it! Later in life he used his skills to earn his drafting degree.

      Friends and acquaintances found Michael an easy man to get to know, Michael was uncomplicated and straightforward in his relationships, which allowed him to accept people for what they were. While growing up,and thru his life some of his best friends were Mike Shoemake, Greg Bietel, Gary Moore, Dennis Ray Booker, Russel Gilmore and Tina, his high school sweetheart, first wife and forever friend. Later in life, he became friends with too many to name!

     After 17 years together, on May 5 2001, Michael and his soulmate Pamela Hooper exchanged wedding vows at their Johnson Hacienda Back Yard in Henderson, Nevada. He was able to direct his energy and spontaneity towards helping his children acquire added common sense skills. Michael was blessed with Five Children 2 Daughters 3 Sons and one he loved as son, Wayne, Theresa, Sashene, Christopher, Sean and his "adopted" son, Sean. He was also blessed with Seven Grandchildren Tyler, Charles, Nichole, Chance, Baylee, Andrew, and Remy, and five Great Grandchildren.

      Michael enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. He had something of an artistic flair in many of the things that he did. He put this creativity toward all of his pastimes. His favorite pursuits were building toys to take to the water. He loved re-building Boats and Travel Trailers. He was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but always wanted to share his interests with family. Michael was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were ALL motor sports, (as he was fond of saying, "the only real sport, all the others are games."

      Michael was a generous man who prized that same quality in others. Politically, Michael was a Proud Democrat and in the late 1960's was in the front page of the Redondo newspaper protesting the Vietnam War. As an adult was privileged to shake VP Joe Biden's hand at rally. Michael was very proud to get his children to vote.

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Travel and vacations were experiences that Michael truly enjoyed. He preferred to seek out excitement wherever he went and he was partial to vacations that were casual and laid back with an atmosphere of ‚Äúlive and let live.‚ÄĚ He was willing to leave his plans open and flexible, just in case something more interesting came along. Favorite vacations included parties at river in younger years, camping, tubing and houseboat trips on Lake Mead with family. Always up for adventures.

      Michael was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. Some of Michael’s favorites were Mighty Dog, Skids, Eden, Toovuts and Cheyenne (his other kids).

       He was able to easily adapt to possible changes and enjoyed just having fun and being relaxed. In retirement, he found even more pleasure in spending time with family.

      Michael passed away on April 7, 2018 at his Henderson home. He is survived by his wife Pamela, his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Services were held at Palm Mortuary in Henderson Nevada. Michael will rest in his favorite places!

      Michael was the kind of person who could win others over easily. He was always able to provide amusing repartee to his friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, jokes and stories. If Michael had a theme song written about him, it might well have been "A Pirate Looks at Forty" or "Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes". He enjoyed his life and the experience of living it. This is how all his family and friends will remember Michael Ray Johnson.

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