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Mark Merrill Johnson

October 1, 1953June 8, 2021
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Born October 1, 1953 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, passed away June 8, 2021 Lancaster, California. Mark grew up in Lancaster and went to Antelope Valley High School, lived in the Antelope Valley for 62 years. He retired from Los Angeles County Coroner after 32 years as the Head of Forensic Photography and Support Services. Mark enjoyed being outdoors, fishing, darts and playing poker in Las Vegas, he was the youngest Exalted Ruler of the Lancaster Elks. Survived by his wife, Cathy Johnson, father Kenneth Johnson, Lancaster, Calif. Sisters Candice Johnson and Beth Martinez; brother, Jim Johnson sister-in-law, Jackie Holleran; brother-in-law, Bob Martinez and family in Oregon and Marina Ross. Many beloved nieces and nephews. Services and graveside 12:00-1:30 pm at Joshua Memorial Park 808 East Lancaster Blvd.

In Lieu of Flowers please send a donation to the ASPCA in honor or Mark & Rowdy Memorial Gifts | ASPCA

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, June 25, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, June 25, 2021

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Robynn Knight

July 1, 2021

I remember Mark as a wonderful person. I first met him when we played on the same dart team approximately 1997 or 98. I was at his wedding to Cathy Ross Johnson and caught the bouquet. They had a wonderful, loving relationship. I lost touch when I moved away from the Antelope Valley but met up again when I started working for the County of Los Angeles and went to the Coroner's Office. We have remained friends all these years because he was just a great guy. I will miss debating politics with him. I was deeply saddened by his passing. God took him to soon. My heart and all my love go out to Cathy. I'm blessed to have known him.

Candy Johnson

June 20, 2021

When I was going to USC I took a class on death & dying and had to write a paper about an experience. I called Mark since he worked at LA County Coroners and asked if he would give me a tour. He graciously invited me to spend the morning with him and showed me around, explaining what each area was & what was happening for those that were in their care. He introduced me to all his coworkers and let me observe autopsies that were happening! It was the most fascinating day of my life! Then he took me to lunch where him & his cronies always ate lunch! It was a good day sharing a very moving experience with my brother!
Mark - I miss you and love you! I have confidence that Jesus led you Home & that Mom was also holding your other hand on that Journey Home!

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