A MESSAGE FROM THE FAMILY

Color Guard to present at 3:00PM during visitation.
OBITUARY

Michael Joseph Johnson

October 7, 1957May 11, 2019

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mike’s memory are requested be made to: The Franconia Volunteer Fire Department at http://franconiavfd.org/donations/. The Junior Duck Stamp Program c/o U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Bird Habitat Conservation, 5275 Leesburg Pike - MS MB, Falls Church, VA 22041. Friends of Huntley Meadows Park c/o Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria, VA 22306.

Please note that your donations are to be made in memory and honor of Michael Joseph Johnson.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Monday, May 20, 2019

Memories

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Mike Green

May 20, 2019

From the other 'Mike' on our Mig Bird Leadership calls, I'm going to miss, now, so much, the occasional confusion that caused! Yours was the warm voice of reason and program history, Mike J; you kept our ship sailing straight and reminded us of where we've been and where we're going. I will miss that guidance, your voice, your laugh. Peace to one and all.

Kimberly McClurg

May 20, 2019

I first met and worked with Mike when he was on detail to the Division of Budget in 2003. He was willing to do whatever needed to get the job done with a smile on his face. We shared many laughs and arm-chair quarterbacking regarding a favorite episode of Survivor. You will be missed dearly my friend.

Renee Parkhurst

May 20, 2019

I met Mike at UWSP. We had both just transferred as Juniors and lived in the upper-classman dorm. Mike was the definition of gregarious. He was always laughing and upbeat even when the dramas of college life threatened. There is a group of us, all close friends who have managed to stay in touch over the years. We may go 5 or 10 years without seeing each other and we can take over where we left off as if were yesterday. Mike is the first one we’ve lost. I guess we’re lucky we’ve made it 40 years without losing anyone, but it sure doesn’t feel lucky now. Mike really was the heart & soul of the group. We all called him Mikey and he put up with it. He had nicknames for most of us as well. Mikey loved to tease and be teased

When Mike headed out to work in Yuma, Arizona in the mid 80s, I was working at the USGS in Oklahoma City & Mike stopped in for the night on his way out. My friend and work colleague David had Friday afternoon drinks at his house so I gave Mike his #. Mike was late so the 3 of us ended up going out for dinner. When Mike left the next morning he said “I like your boyfriend” I said oh no, we’re just friends & Mike grinned, “sure you are”. The next time I saw Mike, David & I were together & Mike said “He’s not your boyfriend, huh?” Then when he headed from Yuma back to Chicago he stopped in at our wedding. I think he was still teasing me about it then. He took credit for knowing before I did, that David was the one.

I have lots of memories of good times with Mike, sitting around a campfire, hiking through the woods, cross country skiing in frigid weather, sharing a pitcher of beer and six weeks at summer camp/ boot camp in the northern forests of Wisconsin. I had expected to make more memories with Mike and Judy, and Mikey and the gang. We will all have to ‘make do’ with the memories we have. Mikey, we will miss your laugh, your gentle teasing and common sense approach to things. Judy, my prayers and thoughts are with you. Cherish the memories.

Lisa Sampson Winchel

May 19, 2019

Dear Judy, I am so glad you had the joy of being with Mike! Such an amazing life you two lived. Mike was a gracious, kind, & a gentle being. He was also very funny and he will be missed. I'll be with you in spirit on the 20th my dear friend. Love to you all.

Benjamin Tuggle

May 19, 2019

Words can not express the sorrow of losing a great friend like Mike. Our relationship goes back to the early days in Chicago when I hired Mike into the Fish and Wildlife Service, then hired him again in DC, best hires I ever made. Mike was always a “go to” guy, dependable, funny, reliable and always loyal. He was such a pleasure to be around regardless to the situation. His conservation ethic was unquestionable and the Service, as well as the Nation, is far better off because of his life long contribution to conservation. Everyone that worked with him adored him because of his personality and his steadfastness, always trying to get the task done, always doing the right thing! I loved the Man, pure and simple, my heart is so heavy knowing that I will not see his smiling face or hear that unmistakable laugh of his. Judy thank you for sharing him with us these many years, to you and your family I know your hearts are broken. But please be comforted by the fact that Mike was loved by all of us. My deepest condolences, God Bless you and the family. Rest In Peace my good friend, you were taken too soon, we will miss you.

Eric Davis

May 17, 2019

Mike was a great conservationist and friend. When we were coaches at ALDP, Mike picked me up at Dulles to drive to NCTC. I always looked for the car with the 'Ruddy Duck' licence tag (his favorite bird). After moving to DC, Lisa and I got to meet Judi and went out to dinner several times. We enjoyed talking about birds, gardening, and vacations with Mike and Judi. We miss him!

Brad Bortner

May 17, 2019

It’s all been said by others but Mike was truly one of the good guys. He was a great friend, colleague, boss and mentor. We worked hard together but when it was time to relax you could always kick back with Mike. Whether it was sitting around at the end of the day talking about grandkids or having a beer or going for a walk to Starbucks, Mike was always there. I’ll miss you buddy.

Francisco Salazar

May 17, 2019

Mike and Judy are our neighbors of more than 15 years , Miki as I would call him was my brother, always positive, even when we were shoveling snow with all neighbors on those rare big storms we get around here, we would laugh and share donuts and hot chocolate. Also exchange beers over the fence in the backyard on BBQ days, that were more frequent than storms (thanks god); shared his experiences with wild life; not his, but the lives of the ones he dedicated his knowledge and expertise: migratory fowl and other birds. Used to introduce him as the top North American expert in "migra birds" and he would blush, as he was a humble and down to earth guy. Had the chance to see him through his last fight and though he was making it through all the assistance, it was his time to leave us. You may not be physically with us Miki, but you will always live in our hearts and memories hermano.

Lesley Kordella

May 17, 2019

I loved sharing the October birthday time with Mike. I loved Fridays in his office talking and eating donuts together (I include a photo of one of his birthday donut gifts in this- our birthdays were one day apart). On many of those Fridays, we talked about work, but also Star Trek, old books, all the treasures in his office, and well, all sorts of 'Friday' topics. Mike has been a source of humanity, humor, and friendship since I started working at the Service, and an anchor to sanity when stress piled up. He has always been a great reminder to not take myself so seriously. And yet Mike gave me a special USFWS pin when I realized I'd never received any certificate for 15 plus years of service. I'll always cherish it.

All I can say is that I'm really going to miss you, Mike.

Dan Ashe

May 17, 2019

Condolences to Judi and the entire Johnson family. I worked with Mike, for many years, in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, including the nearly six years that I served as Director. Mike was an exemplary public servant, and working with him was joyful and successful. He was honest, fair, kind, thoughtful, intelligent, patient, persistent, determined, and courageous. I don't recall ever hearing him say and unkind word. He is the kind of person we all want to be. Thank you for sharing him with us. And please know, that many, many people are sharing your grief in this moment of loss, but also sharing your pride in celebrating his life.

Dan Ashe