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Obituaries: DaWayn Johnson

DaWayn "Dewey" Herbert Johnson, 86, of Carlton passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side July 4, 2021. Born Oct. 9, 1934, to Caroline and Herbert Johnson in Red Wing, he attended a one-room school on an island on the Mississippi River through eighth grade, then attended Red Wing High School, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Wisconsin Superior for a master's degree in fine arts.

Dewey taught art and physical education at Cloquet High School for more than 35 years. He was also an assistant football coach for a number of years. He painted signs and owned the Pine Hill golf course in Carlton. After retirement, he loved spending time at his home on Chub Lake.

Growing up on the Mississippi River, Dewey learned to love hunting, fishing, and camping. He enjoyed many fishing trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the annual deer hunt at his hunting shack. He was an excellent artist, a popular teacher, and a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Always positive and optimistic, he energized others with his warm and welcoming friendship.

Dewey was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Jean; one brother, Darreld, of Inver Grove Heights; children, Randy (Cherie) of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Jill Salo (Chuck), Jody Meyer and Britt Simula (Derik) of Cloquet, Scott (Mary) of Esko, and Brynna Burnes (Andy) of Proctor; 15 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, and many other family members, friends, and former students.

Memorials are preferred and may be directed to Cloquet Educational Foundation, 302 14th St., Cloquet MN 55720.

A celebration of life and scattering of ashes at the Mississippi River will be held in Red Wing in early August.

Pine Knot News, July 16, 2021