GROWING CONCERNS – Sitkans Andrea Fraga and Kaleb Aldred of Middle Island Gardens introduce themselves to an audience of around 100 this afternoon during the Southeast Alaska Farmers Summit in Sweetland Hall on the SJ campus. The three-day conference, organized by Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition, Sustainable Southeast Partnership, runs through Sunday at several Sitka venues. Some of Saturday's topics include farming in Fairbanks, pest control and cultivating gourmet mushrooms. Vendor tables will be set up on Saturday and Sunday at Harrigan Centennial Hall. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

William C. Johnson

William C. Johnson


William C. Johnson, better known as Billy or BJ, passed away after a short illness on Feb. 19, 2018, in Olympia, Washington. He was 69.
A memorial service and celebration of life will be held 1 p.m. April 7 at the Elks Lodge.
Billy was born February 17, 1949, in Central Valley, California, the son of Wes and Murna Johnson.
The family moved to Sitka in the mid 1960s. BJ went to Sitka High School and then joined the labors union. This is where he made his mark on life; he was very successful and worked for several different contractors.
In the off season, he worked as a bartender for the Pioneer Bar, Kiksadi Club and the Elks Lodge.
BJ loved playing practical jokes on his friends whenever he could.
Billy was the happiest when he was on the water – he enjoyed fishing, setting shrimp and crab pots. He also liked  hunting.
When he retired, BJ and his wife Dottie moved to Lacey, Washington, where he picked up some hobbies of building bird houses and growing vegetables in his garden.
Preceding BJ in death were his parents Wes and Murna Johnson, and two brothers, Eddie Johnson and Sonny Johnson.
He is survived by his wife Dottie Johnson in Lacey; his brothers and sisters, Charolete Robinson in Washington state, Gary Johnson in Redding, California, Larry Johnson in Sitka, Richard Johnson in Federal Way, Washington, Peggy Goss in Anacortes, Washington, Charlie Johnson and his wife Mary in Anchorage, and Janice Meabon and her husband Dave in Sitka; and his children Kenny Johnson in Antioch, California, and Kevin Johnson and his wife Jolena in Kuna, Idaho.
Also surviving are grandchildren Quinton and Anthony Johnson in Antioch, and Courtney, Abby and Parker Johnson in Kuna; and great-grandchild Roxy in Kuna.

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