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Harold Daniel Johnson

February 13, 1934 — October 14, 2019

Harold (Hal) Daniel Johnson passed away in Seattle, Washington on October 14th, 2019 at the age of 85.

Capt. Harold Johnson, Esq. was an accomplished man of many titles throughout his life, including husband, brother, dad, Grampa and Papa to those lucky few who knew him best. A veteran of the United States Air Force, Hal served as a Captain from 1955 to 1959 and spent his lifetime enjoying the relationships formed with those with whom he served.

Hal was predeceased by his wife, Nancy Johnson and is survived by his sister, Marjorie Peters, and his two daughters, Sandra Hunt and Kristen Larsen, also Chris (Dupar) Summers, Jan Dupar, Mimi (Dupar) Hepler and Dana Dupar. He is lovingly remembered by his 14 grandchildren and 9+ great grandchildren.

Hal was born in Bend, Oregon to his parents, Harold Raymond and Mary Elizabeth (Gingrich) Johnson, on February 13, 1934. Hal graduated from Wahkiakum High School (Cathlamet, WA) in 1951, going on to attend Willamette University and earning a Bachelor's degree from the University of Washington.

Early in his career, Hal worked in Seattle as an accountant for Price Waterhouse. He returned to school and graduated from University of Washington Law School in 1962. While in Law School he served as editor of the University of Washington Law Review. As a new attorney in Seattle, Hal joined Helsell, Paul, Fetterman, Todd, Hokenson Law Firm. He later joined and served Great Western Savings Bank as an executive for many years with his lifelong friend Jerry Pittenger. Hal retired as partner at Johnson, George, Hull, and Porter in Seattle.

Hal and Nancy made their home on Bainbridge Island.

A lawyer by training but a pilot by heart, Hal spent much of his free time soaring above Western Washington and points beyond in his Luscombe and Beechcraft Bonanza aircrafts. Hal was an avid sports fan, with an emphasis on baseball and hockey in particular. He loved the Seattle Mariners and shared his passion for baseball with his wife, children, and grandchildren at the Kingdome, Safeco Field, and Spring Training in Arizona. A perfect summer evening for Hal was sitting along the third base line sharing a bag of peanuts with his family, Dave Niehaus calling the game on the radio with Edgar at the plate - "My, Oh My" he would say, smiling from ear to ear. Hal also enjoyed golf, traveling, and captaining his boat, "Omelet", on Puget Sound. Hal was a lifelong learner and found great joy in reading. He shared his love of books with his children and grandchildren, along with ruthless games of checkers, Old Maid, and cribbage.

Hal was a devoted husband, son, brother, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He helped establish a now 51-year old annual tradition of family reunions on the Oregon Coast. Hal could often be found traveling with his family to locations like Sun Mountain and Borrego Springs, and celebrating his children and grandchildren's graduations, birthdays, and life achievements. He will be dearly missed by his friends and family for his insightful wit, humor, generous spirit, and steadfast commitment to ethics and education.

A memorial will be held for family in November. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in honor of Harold and Nancy Johnson to Seattle Children's Hospital. Mariners playoff appearances will also be happily accepted - Go M's!

Arrangements are entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home of Bainbridge Island.

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