You should know that Eric Johnson passed away earlier this week. Eric was battling cancer for the past 6-7 years, so it's been a long time coming. Eric was able to spend about 10 days reunited with his close family on the family tree farm in WI. He was well enough to supervise a number of projects on the property - and I know he was having fun. I don't think he could have written a better ending to things, but we'll miss him nonetheless.
Eric has so many different circles of friends, and I know he cherished the friendship of his 'cancer crowd' as highly as any other.
Eric A. Johnson, age 59, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, July 18, 2017. He was surrounded by his entire family at the family homestead in Coloma, Wisconsin that he loved so much.
Eric was born June 13, 1958 in San Francisco, CA the son of David C. and Marcia A. (Caudle) Johnson. He married Patricia J. Bove on May 5, 1978 in Madison, WI. Eric graduated High School in Taipei, Taiwan. Later, he attended UW-Stevens Point and graduated with a degree in Journalism from UW-Madison.
Following a brief career as a logger, Eric was hired as the editor of the Northern Logger and Timber Processor magazine, published in Old Forge, NY. He worked for the magazine and for the Northeastern Loggers' Association for almost 35 years and was highly regarded for his ability to communicate the benefits of responsible forest management to a skeptical public as well as the news of an ever-changing industry to a regional industry audience. In addition to writing Eric enjoyed back-country skiing, biking, gardening, and producing prodigious stacks of firewood for personal heating.
He is survived by his wife Patti of Clinton, NY, his mother Marcia of Coloma, WI, his two children Jason Johnson of Duluth, MN and Sarah Schulman of San Francisco, CA, his nephew Ryan Devine of Baraboo, WI and his sister Julie Klenko of Coloma, WI. He was preceded in death by his father, David and an infant brother. Private family services were held.