Daniel "Bear" Mark Johnson

September 29, 1976December 2, 2018

Daniel Mark “Bear” Johnson was born in Tempe, Arizona on September 29, 1976 to Larry and Patricia Johnson as the eldest of two children. He was baptized at the All Saints Catholic Newman Center in Tempe, Arizona at Arizona State University. He was an altar attendant for nine years at St. Edwards. Dan was educated in the Tempe School District-Nevitt, Gilliland and was a graduate of the first graduating class of Mtn. Pt. (1995). Dan loved camping and fishing. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts. Dan is survived by his parents Larry and Patricia Johnson, one brother, Eric Y. Johnson (Felicia), one beloved niece, Haley Patricia Johnson, his grandmother, Thelma Johnson, several aunts and uncles, and many friends throughout the nation.


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Daniel "Bear" Mark Johnson

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Brent Porter

December 10, 2018

Danny and myself were born at the same hospital one day apart. The joke was we were switched at birth....I’m white lol. Danny had a kind spirit towards his friends....a defiant one towards compliance. Truly he enjoyed freedom in ways we can’t understand or comprehend. It doesn’t make sense to us, however I know Danny was free and he worked every angle masterfully to ensure every benefit. Some can say negative things about his choices....however who of us can say we are truly free. I know one person that lived a free life....Danny. He embraced freedom. He enjoyed every day not answering to some prick. He managed to make it work and however happy or sad it seems to the rest of us....I gauramtee Danny was happy and he enjoyed his life. He never asked for a thing yet was probably in need. He struggled with issues as most of us do....however he persevered and showed great commitment to a lifestyle which most of us would not engage. Danny was a survivor and showed it the last year of his life. Simple put Danny Johnson was my longest and first friend of the ages. I will miss seeing his smile....I will miss arguing over nothing. I will miss my child hood friend. Good bye Danny.....I won’t forget you.