Michael Curtis Johnson
Michael Curtis Johnson
Michael Curtis Johnson, 71, went home to be with his Heavenly Father on Friday, May 10th, 2019 at Renown Regional Medical Center, with his wife by his side.

 Michael was born to Warren and Faye Johnson on November 29, 1947 in Pomona, California. He was raised in Orangevale alongside his sister Pam & brother Gary. 

He attended Bella Vista High school, where he graduated in 1966. During his time at Bella Vista, he competed in the Golden Empire Solo Festival where he received 3 superior ratings.

 Michael enlisted in the United States Air Force and left for Basic training the day after graduation, then received his Draft Notice just two days later. 

Shortly after leaving for Basic Training, Michael’s mother received a letter from Columbia Records offering him a record deal in LA, however she never told him until he was much older. 

He met the love of his life, Donna Johnson, in 1965, and they married on November 19, 1966. They brought three children into the world: Michael, Michelle, & Ronald. 

Michael served in Vietnam at Phu Cat as a gunner on the AC 47 gunship, Spooky with 4th Special operations. After Vietnam, he served at several duty stations, including 5 years at Royal Air Force Base Lakenheath in England, 1 year at Loring Air Force Base in Maine, and 3 years at Mather Air Force Base in California. During his service, Michael MC’d and competed in USAFE talent competitions, helped with programs in the community, and was a Boy Scouts Pack Master.

 Michael performed various jobs after 12 years of Air Force service, including a mechanic and Senior Supervisor of the 49er Truck Stop, Owner / Operator of Mr. Fix It, an Assistant Manager in the Warehouse for Brown & Root, and a haul truck driver / heavy equipment operator for NA Degerstrom. 

He was most well-known for MC & DJ Entertainment. He MC’d many karaoke competitions, Comedy Night, and Quarterback Bingo at the Winner’s Hotel & Casino, as well as children’s karaoke competitions at the Flying Pig, and DJ’d private weddings and events. Michael was also well known for DJ’ing Runnamucca and concluding the weekend with the Memorial Service at the Veteran’s Memorial Service. 

In more recent years, you could always find him at the VFW booth passing out Poppies during Memorial weekend. Michael was very proud of his service to his country and was dedicated to helping other Veterans and anyone in need. More recently he spent 14 months in the Community Living Center at the VA in Reno, where he served on the Resident’s Council as a Vice president & acting president, serving as a voice for the resident veterans. Michael was actively involved with both the Veterans of Foreign War & American Legion, of which he was currently serving as the Adjutant / Quartermaster of the VFW. 

He had previously served as the President of Kiwanis and was honored to be the Veteran of the Year 2018. 

Michael loved spending his free time fishing, camping, hunting, golfing, racquetball, entertaining, singing and spending time with his 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. 

You could always find him at his grandkids sporting events cheering them on, he was their biggest fan and supporter. He always had an ear to lend to listen and a helping hand when others were in need. 

He is survived by his wife, Donna Johnson, his children: Michael (Francene) Johnson of Springfield, Virginia; Michelle (Michael) Morris of Winnemucca, Nevada; Ron (Ashley) Johnson of Roy, Utah; Sister, Pamela Judd of Washington and Brother, Gary Johnson of Washington. Grandchildren: Melyssa Armstrong, Dylan Keller, Dustyn Morris, Donavyn Morris, Madeline Johnson, Makayla Webb, Makenzie Webb, Megan Johnson. Great-Grandchildren: Londynn Armstrong & Tynnessee Armstrong.

 He was preceded in death by his Father, Warren T. Johnson and his Mother, Faye A. Johnson (Young).

 A service is being planned for July 6th, 2019 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. More information will be announced as the family makes the final arrangements. 

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Veterans Guest House 880 Locust St. Reno, NV 89502.