Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Roy Edward Johnson

Roy Edward Johnson passed away peacefully of natural causes at his home in Sun Valley, Idaho. He had a very smooth sail home.

Roy was born in Ketchikan, Alaska, to Bong and Laura Johnson, Norwegian immigrants. In 1941, the family moved to Seattle, Wash. He graduated from Ballard High School in 1944 and enlisted in the Navy, serving two years during World War II, one year on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific Theater. Returning home, he attended the University of Washington for two years before entering the fishing business as a partner with his father in various boats, fishing from Alaska to Mexico. In 1968, he entered the king crab fishery and subsequently built two vessels, the Polar Star and Polar Sea, fishing crab in the Bering Sea for more than 20 years. "He was truly the real perfect storm."

Upon retiring, Roy moved to Sun Valley with his young daughter, Laura, and shortly thereafter he met his wife, Christina Healy. Roy loved Sun Valley for its great skiing and outdoor activities.


Roy is survived by his wife and companion of 21 years, Christina Healy; sons, Jay Johnson (Joan) and Steve Johnson (Julie); daughter, Laura Johnson (Marco); stepsons, Shawn Carlyle (Erin) and Thomas Ryan Healy (Heidi); grandchildren, Nick and Reidar Johnson, Alex Carlyle, and Emily and Carmen Johnson.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Jeanette Figenshow.

Per his wishes, a private gathering was held to celebrate his life on Saturday, Feb. 25. It was Roy's wish to have his ashes divided and interred between the Idaho Veterans Memorial Cemetery and Puget Sound. If you care to, donations can be made in Roy's memory to Hospice of the Wood River Valley, Box 4320, Ketchum, ID 83340. Online condolences for the family can be sent to

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