Duaine Johnson, 1934-2003
Duaine Earl Johnson died November 29, 2003, of injuries sustained while operating excavating equipment on the island of Kodiak, Alaska.
Duaine was born to parents Earl and Lucille Johnson of Fonda, Iowa, July 22, 1934. He was lured to Alaska with wife Mable and firstborn son by Skagway residents Chuck and Helen Clark. Chuck was Duaine’s uncle and participated in the construction of the Alcan Highway during the war. Helen was the daughter of a ‘98 miner that remained in Skagway after the Klondike Gold Rush. An additional son and daughter were born to Duaine and Mable in Skagway. Duaine and family lived in Sitka during the ‘64 quake and entertained friends in their Swan Lake home in anticipation of the tsunami that never arrived. Recently divorced, Duaine moved to the Kenai Peninsula in 1965 and then on to Kodiak in 1983. Duaine worked as carpenter, electrician, and excavator. He dabbled in several business ventures ranging from taxi service to laundry and dry cleaning to water well drilling and earth moving. He was self employed for the majority of his adult life. Most noted for his relentless work ethic, Duaine had a tremendous love of Alaska. He talked up Alaska to “outsiders” at any given opportunity. He enticed his adult sons as well as two of his 13 siblings into taking up residency in this great state.
Duaine is survived by his mother Lucille Johnson of Wallingford, Iowa; sons and daughters in law, Dwight and Lenoria Johnson and Wayne and Peggy Johnson of Soldotna, Alaska; daughter and son in law, Erleen and Jeff Mefford of Pomeroy, Iowa; sisters and brothers in law, Elaine and Ron Rustad and Sharon and Lyle Jones of Kenai and Wasilla, Alaska; eight grand children and eight additional brothers and sisters.
A memorial service was held in Kenai/Soldotna on Dec. 10 at the Eagles Club. Mr. Johnson’s cremated remains will be scattered on Mt. Redoubt by his sons.