Owen "Skip" E. Johnson passed from this life on January 11, 2020 at Teton Post Acute Care and Rehabilitation in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He was born on January 15, 1946 in San Diego, California to Juanita and Eugene Johnson. He lived in San Francisco, CA as a small child, and then moved to Denver, CO where he graduated from East High School in 1963. He later attended the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO and graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology. He then graduated with a master's degree in psychology from the University of Denver. After college, he worked with juveniles through different government agencies in Colorado. Skip remembered his time in Colorado fondly and often spoke of his time exploring the outdoors there.
Skip later moved to Idaho Falls, ID to work as a psychologist for Vocational Rehabilitation Services. While living in Idaho Falls, he met Cheryl Bernhard, and the two of them were married on December 11, 1976. Skip and Cheryl were happily married for 35 years. Skip later worked at the juvenile detention facility in St. Anthony, ID and then worked as a psychologist at State Hospital South in Blackfoot, ID where he eventually retired. He loved spending time outdoors and had many interests and hobbies. Some of his interests included backpacking, cross country skiing, camping, classic cars, riding dirt bikes, making stained glass, woodworking, gardening, and watching sports. He also loved baking, which is a skill his grandmother taught him as a child. He was a movie enthusiast and loved to take the residents he worked with at State Hospital South to the movies frequently.
Skip will be remembered as kind, caring, and humble. He was very generous and loved giving people around him special and unique gifts. He had a great sense of humor and often gave funny birthday and Christmas cards to his family.
He is preceded in death by his father Eugene Johnson, and his wife Cheryl Johnson.
He is survived by his mother Jaunita Johnson, his brother Mark (Laura) Johnson, and his sister Rene (Doug) Oglesby. He is also survived by sisters-in-law Marilyn (Randy) Shaw, Dianne (Kevin) Crowley, Mariellen (Alfred) Smith, and Suzanne (Blaine) Beaderstadt; nieces Amber (Jim) McFerrin, Kathryn Johnson, Erin Kearns, and Katelyn Oglesby; nephews Stephen Johnson, Patrick Crowley, Brian Crowley, Brendan Crowley, Daniel Beaderstadt, and Adam Beaderstadt.
Skip's family would like to thank Dr. Quinton and the wound care staff at EIRMC for treating Skip so well. The family would also like to thank Visiting Angels, Aspen Home Health, and Dr. Bennett and his staff. Finally, the family would like to thank Skip's special friends and neighbors, the Cunningham family, for their friendship and kindness to Skip over the years.
A family graveside service will be held at a future date. Donations can be made in Skip's name to the Snake River Animal Shelter as rescuing homeless dogs and cats was a passion of his.