Warren Paul Johnson

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Warren Paul Johnson

Warren Paul Johnson

February 20, 1949 - March 2, 2018

Warren Paul Johnson died on Friday, March 2, 2018 at Valor Health Hospital in Emmett, Idaho from injuries sustained during a fall at home, despite extraordinary efforts from first responders and medical professionals.

Born on February 20, 1949 and raised in Benson, Minnesota, Warren was the valedictorian of the class of 1967 at Benson High School. On July 25, 1970, he married Renee Ann Molin, his high school sweetheart, and he spent the rest of his life with her by his side.


After graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1971 with a computer science degree, he embarked on a distinguished career working primarily for Honeywell and Hewlett-Packard that took him to locations around the world, living in Arizona, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, England, France, New Hampshire, and spending the final 19 years of his life in Idaho.


In 1977 he received his masters of science degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana Lafayette). The same year he was blessed with the birth of his first child, Christopher Warren. In 1979, while living in Bath, England, Warren and Renee welcomed their second son Michael Gareth into the world.  


In addition to his immediate family, Warren Johnson is survived by his sister Betty Knode and her husband Lynn; his brother David and his wife Marian and their daughter Kathryn; his daughter-in-law Kristina and his grandchildren Emmeline and Alexander;  his father- and mother-in-law Hobart “Bud” Molin and Mary Anne Molin; his sister-in-law Cheryl Hanson and her husband Randy, their sons Sean and Matthew, and their six grandchildren.

A lover of puns and games, he will forever be remembered for his unique humor, laser-like focus attacking a New York Times crossword puzzle, and many heated Scrabble contests with friends.


A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 7 at 11 a.m. at the Newman Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota. He will be laid to rest at Oneota Cemetery in Duluth with his parents Harry Melvin Johnson and Dorothy Odeina Johnson.


In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to make donations to the Humane Society of the United States.

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