He was born, November 25, 1960, at Miami Medical Center to Gilbert George and Helen Pauline Johnson. He grew up in the small town of Hilldale, Kansas, where everyone was considered family, with 5 sisters and 3 brothers.
He was a great student and star athlete, especially when it came to baseball. He would always talk about his “mean” sidearm throw. He was a 1979 graduate of Paola High School.
He was married shortly after graduating from high school to Kelly Hanes. They had 3 kids together and later divorced in 2004.
He worked at Lakemary and Paola floral for a while until he started his life long career as a Horticulture Therapist at the Osawatomie State Hospital. He worked there for 25 years before having to retire due to his health. During his working life, he was also a DJ with his lifelong friend, Lee Mott. They were known as Dr. Roc and The Hipster. They did many gigs together throughout the years. He also helped with landscaping and flower beds on the side for many people. He was a man with multiple jobs at once throughout the years, but Horticulture and Flowers were his passion.
David was a talented gardener, a music lover, and a collector of many things. He was known as Secret Santa to many. You never knew what surprises you were going to get from him! He loved all of his family, especially his grandchildren. He loved to watch and listen to them play. He was a big kid at heart and loved toys. He was a huge Chiefs fan and had a lucky Chiefs jersey he wore for every game. He was so happy to see them win Superbowl LIV. He loved to fish with his kids, grandkids, and with his “Best Friend” Dewey, and loved the outdoors. He had many close friends that he loved dearly. He was a giving man and would do anything for anyone.
David is survived by his 3 children, Josh Johnson (Rhonda), Christina Claar (Daniel), and Stephanie DeGeest (Kevin), 10 Grandchildren, Dalton, and his wife Brittany, Craig, Griffin, Danny, Scarlet, Haylee, Peyton, Gabby and Chase. He is also survived by 2 brothers, Gib and Jim, 3 sisters, Millie, Diana, and Rosie along with many cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. He had a huge family and held a special place in his heart for every single one of them.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gilbert and Helen, 1 brother, Garry, 2 sisters, Marjorie and Alice, and 1 grandson, Lincoln Johnson.