Surrounded by loved ones, Bart Johnson, 94, died peacefully on Sept. 23, 2019, at his home in Rancho Mirage. After battling cancer and Parkinson’s disease with courage and grace, Bart passed peacefully to God, secure in his faith.
Born in Rockford, IL, on Feb. 16, 1925, Bart was the son of Harry and Della Johnson. The second of two children, Bart was close with his brother, Stan, and the two maintained a dear friendship that lasted their entire lives, crossing generations through the relationships of their children and grandchildren. The Johnson family moved to Los Angeles when Bart was in junior high.
Through the Navy V-12 program, Bart earned his pre-medical degree from the University of California Los Angeles. Though he finished his undergraduate work in less than three years, his love of the Bruins lasted a lifetime. An avid sports fan, Bart held season tickets to UCLA football games for decades and was known to lead an 8-clap at family gatherings and holiday events.
The Navy then sent Bart on to Northwestern University for Dental School, where he graduated first in his class. He served in the Navy for 16 years, both as a medical officer and in the reserves, before returning to Los Angeles to open his dental practice, which he operated for more than 40 years.
In 1970, Bart married Judie, the love of his life. The two combined their families—each with three children—who affectionally call themselves “The Barty Bunch.” The couple raised their six children and many dogs together, filling their home with laughter and love. They instilled in their children and grandchildren a strong sense of togetherness, instigating summer family trips to Balboa Island, festive holiday traditions and more.
Judie and Bart traveled frequently and truly loved seeing the world together, including trips to China, Japan, Israel, France, Italy and many more. Their home base was Encino, where they were entrenched in their community and active members of the congregation at Bel Air Presbyterian Church.
The two eventually settled in Rancho Mirage, where Bart could enjoy some of his greatest pleasures: golf, books, and bridge—which he is said to have taken as seriously as his medical exams.
Bart was a man of the highest integrity, morals and a man of deep and abiding faith. He is survived by his wife, Judie; his six children, Kathy, Brian, Dana, Bryn, Greg, and Colleen, and their spouses; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
A celebration of life will be held at 2:30 pm on October 13, 2019, at Desert Springs Church in Palm Desert. A light supper will follow.
Well done, my good and faithful servant! Matthew 25:21
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to http://parkinsonsresource.org or sent to:
Parkinson’s Resource Organization
74090 El Paseo #104, Palm Desert, CA 92260
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