Dan passed away on the 5th of May at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage.
For the past 10 years, Dan had struggled with many health issues, with Parkinson’s Disease being the most prominent among them.
Dan was born in New York City, New York and grew up in Duluth, Minnesota. In 1965, he joined the U.S. Navy and was deployed and stationed in Vietnam from 1968 thru 1972. In 1972 he was discharged from the Navy and joined and served in the U.S. Marine Corp until 1976. After being discharged from the Marine Corp, he rejoined the U.S. Navy that same year and served until his discharge in 1984.
Dan then spent several years in Alaska as a commercial fisherman. In 1988, he joined the Merchant Marine until the early 1990’s. He then returned to Alaska where he returned to commercial fishing. Dan was a resident of Alaska for 31 years.
In 2008, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and returned home to spend his retirement with his family. Dan is survived by his spouse, Emy Johnson; his son Ryan Johnson; his mother Margurite Hale Coppock; his brothers Ronald Dean Johnson and Robert Coppock; his sisters Sally Landeck, Karol Rilley, Normana DePew, Christy Christensen, Nancy Saylors, and many nieces and nephews.
Dan was a man who was willing to lend a hand to anyone who needed help. He was a kind and big hearted man who loved life and valiantly fought against his health problems until the very end. He will be missed by his family and friends. His passing has left a hole in their lives that can never be filled. He is loved by many and he will never be forgotten by the people whose lives he has touched.
A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held at a later date.