William (Willy) Floyd Johnson passed away on March 24, 2023, at the age of 63, in Springfield, OR.
Willy was born in Port Angeles, WA on October 6, 1959, and grew up in Beaver, WA where he loved to ride bikes and play at the lake with friends. He played baseball for the Beaver Giants where he excelled as a home run hitter. He graduated from Forks High School in 1978 with classmates whom he remained in contact with throughout his life. He married his wife Kelley Mason on May 28, 1983.
As his children were growing up, he coached them in many sports. He also coached discus at Thurston High School in OR from 2001 through 2013. He loved sports and was an AVID fan of Northwest sporting teams. He rooted for the Ducks while watching games alongside his family. He loved going for drives, fishing, playing cribbage, making others smile by telling stories and jokes, and pulling pranks on friends and family members. He also enjoyed playing Santa for his grandchildren and the community. He loved the great outdoors and enjoyed working in wood products all his life. He retired recently, in 2020, from Swanson Plywood Manufacturing.
He is survived by his wife Kelley, son Michael, daughter Vanessa (Jeffrey), granddaughter Jordyn, grandson Noah, brother Warren (Cathy), brother-in-law Victor, and numerous other family members and friends whom he cherished. He is preceded in death by his father John Johnson, mother Mary Klepps, and sister Corlie Whitehead.
There will be a celebration of life at the Willamalane Adult Activity Center (215 West C St. Springfield, OR 97477) on Saturday, April 15, 2023, at 2 pm. Another celebration will be held in Forks, WA at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be sent to the following charities:
Seven Sisters Sanctuary (a 501(c) 3 tax-deductible non-profit forever home for horses at risk)
Willy Johnson Memorial Fund
33286 Bryant Road, Creswell, OR 97426
Thurston High School
Track Team Thurston Throwers Fund
333 58th Street, Springfield, OR 97478