CDR Lee M. Johnson

CDR Lee M. JohnsonCDR Lee M. Johnson, U.S. Navy (retired), passed away suddenly on March 21, 2022.

Lee was born on January 5, 1963 in Nebraska and raised in Lakeville Minnesota and graduated from the University of Montana. He entered the Navy in 1987 as an officer. His service took him and his family to both coasts and Hawaii over the next 25 years. He had the privilege of flying an A6 an F-14‘s and F-18‘s. To the A6 community he was known as “Bart” and to the F-14 and F-18 communities he was known as “Navin.” He retired in 2012 after two tours at China Lake as XO of VX 31 and was working for NAWS as a civilian as the N5 at the time of his death.

He met his wife Carol while attending college. They were married in Pensacola Florida in 1989.

In 1997 their first son Jeremiah was born in Portsmouth Virginia and then in 1999 Caleb was born in Virginia Beach Virginia. They have been the center of his life ever since. Anyone who knew him knew he was a Tornado Mapleleaf, Minnesota Twins and Vikings fan with hockey being his first love. Lee played hockey from the time he could walk through his college years and beyond. Later the Johnson’s enjoyed baseball as a family as the boys played all the way through their college careers.

Lee volunteered as an IWV baseball board member and served as an assistant coach for the Burroughs High School baseball team. Most recently he volunteered at the Cerro Coso Community College. If you have listened to their recent games you heard him as the melodious and enthusiastic announcer. Besides his own family he truly cherished his baseball and Navy families.

His dad Richard passed away in 2016. His mom Orpah his wife Carol and their two children Jeremiah and Caleb along with Lee’s sister Sarah and her family which included Jim, Jaymes and Michelle (Garrett Brian and Kayden brothers) Berg and his brother Jay and his family Laurie and Cole Johnson. They all thank everyone for their kind words, prayers and great stories, we have never laughed and cried so hard. The outpouring of offers to help with the fantastic food and all the hugs were so appreciated.

He will definitely be missed.

In lieu of flowers Lee would prefer donations to World Vision of the Red Cross.

Story First Published: 2022-04-01