David M. Johnson, 60, of Camp Verde, joined the angels on Feb. 20, 2018.
He was born in Phoenix on Jan. 14, 1958, to William (Johnny) and Reba Johnson, and was married to Margie (Crane) for 40 years.
David fought a true battle the majority of his life and is an inspiration to all who knew him. At the age of 22, he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and advised to get his affairs in order.
But David never took well to being told what to do, and had other plans. In 1988 at the age of 30, David received a heart transplant, from a donor who was 20 years older than he was.
This precious gift allowed David to enjoy both of his daughters, Stephanie Johnson and Dawn Mullis (Matt), as well as being able to watch his three granddaughters, Dakota Johnson and Summer Hicks to Stephanie, and Angel Brady to Dawn, grow into amazing young women.
David loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, hiking and was an avid rock hound. For a period of time he was even able to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps as a blacksmith, creating beautiful works of art. He had fun showing at gem and minerals shows and touched many people.
Through all his trials, he maintained an incredible sense of humor that brought smiles to all those around him.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Humane Society of Sedona, where he adopted his youngest kids, Pumpkin and Teddy. They, as well as their sister, Maddie, brought him great companionship and comfort.
David was loved very much and will be greatly missed.
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