May 17, 1946 – February 25, 2019
William “Bill” S. Johnson, 72, surrounded by his family, passed away unexpectedly from Acute Myeloid Leukemia on Feb. 25, 2019 at the Abrazo Central Campus Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.
Bill was born May 17, 1946 in Great Falls, Montana to Melvin A. Johnson and Lila A. (Whealy) Johnson.
Bill graduated in 1964 from Salmon River High School in Riggins, Idaho. It was there he met his high school sweetheart Mary Ann (Joyner) Johnson. They married Aug. 27, 1966. Upon returning from their honeymoon, Bill was drafted with the United States Army and proudly served his country in the Vietnam War.
After his service, Bill worked for his father in Kennewick, Washington at Mel’s service station/mechanic shop, which helped to fuel his love for cars. While living in Kennewick, their daughters Julie Ann and Shari Renee were born. Bill later went and worked for the Secret Service. From there he transitioned to American Campgrounds as a regional director.
In 1974, Bill, Mary Ann and daughters moved to Moses Lake, Washington and not long afterwards, their son Brady William was born. It was here that Bill and his father started their agriculture business Soil Spray Aid Inc., which has thrived for over 44-plus years and will continue to do so through his son Brady who has worked alongside his father most of his life.
Bill loved his time with his wife, children and grandchildren and wintering in Arizona with the love of his life of 52 and a half treasured years. His hobbies were camping/gold panning, fishing, golfing, watching football, restoring vintage Mopars and going gambling at the casinos.
Those who knew Bill saw his unfailing love for his wife, children and grandchildren.
He was an inventor of a multitude of agricultural products that continue to be used worldwide.
Bill is survived by his wife Mary Ann (Joyner) Johnson; daughter Julie Ann Johnson and husband Bob (Johnson) and children Drake William Johnson, Ashley Johnson, Josh LaRosee and Joe LaRosee; his daughter Shari Renee Johnson and her children Jacob Monrad Rimple and Kyle Steven Rimple; his son Brady William Johnson and wife Amy (Gies) Johnson and their children Lila Alexandra Johnson and Tate William Johnson; his sister Roz (Johnson) Grogan and husband Sam Grogan and two brothers Ronald and Robert Johnson along with many nieces and nephews.
Bill was proceeded in death by his parents Melvin Alfred Johnson and Lila Angela (Whealy) Johnson.
The family invites you to come and join them in his Celebration of Life Sunday, March 31, at 3 p.m. at the Moses Lake Golf and Country Club, 1373 Rd. F.8 NE, Moses Lake, Washington.