Dean Alan Johnson

Mar 7, 1963 - Jan 26, 2012



A 25-year veteran of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department passed away suddenly on Wednesday, January 26, 2012. A longtime resident of Elverta, CA, he was 48 years old. Dean is survived by his wife and high school sweetheart of 25 years, Lesa Franklin-Johnson, and sons, Joshua Johnson and Evan Johnson. He is also survived by his mother, Delores Johnson, brothers, Ronald Johnson of Weiser, ID, Earl Johnson of Meridian, ID, and sister, Elizabeth Babcock of Elverta. Also numerous nieces, nephews, as well many loving in-laws in his large family. His father preceded him in death in 1993.
Dean graduated from Rio Linda High School in 1981 where he enjoyed playing both baseball and football. He continued his education at Sierra College and then to Sonoma State, playing football and studying Criminal Justice. He graduated in 1986 with a Bachelors of Science degree. He was an avid fisherman and hunter, and enjoyed watching his sons play football and baseball. Dean immediately went to work for the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department where he had a variety of exciting career positions including Branch Jail, Patrol Deputy, HIP team, Narc/Gangs, and the Special Enforcement Division commonly known as SWAT. Upon promotion to Sheriff’s Sergeant, Dean became the Range Master and managed the firearms training facility training program for the Sheriff’s Department. He worked in the Main Jail Division both as a Sergeant and a Lieutenant. His most recent assignment was as the Northeast Division Watch Commander. He loved his ‘Band of Brothers,’ as he called his co-workers, and committed his life to his career up until the final morning of his passing.
Dean was preparing for a vibrant retirement and had recently founded the Natomas Founders Chapter of BNI or Business Networking International where he led a group of 25 business owners weekly in growing their business. He was growing a fun greeting card company under the Send Out Cards or ‘SOC’ and it was his desire to teach everyone how to send a card! With a background of teaching people how to fire guns, his new tag line in the card business was ‘I teach you to aim for the heart.’ Dean’s desire was to spend more time with his family and to enjoy good times with good people. He loved nothing more than watching his sons play Varsity Football or Baseball and was always there for his sons to ‘break it down’ after a game. He loved family more than anything.
Services will be held at the Bayside Church of Citrus Heights at 6540 Sylvan Road at 10 am, Tuesday January 31st. Graveside services will be held immediately after at East Lawn Sierra Hills on Greenback Lane. There will also be a viewing or visitation the evening prior at East Lawn from 4-8 PM. In lieu of flowers, a scholarship trust fund has been set up for Joshua and Evan at Premier West Bank, 9340 E. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove, CA 95624; account # 82803815. The family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.

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Funeral Home:
East Lawn Mortuary
5757 Greenback Lane
Sacramento, CA
US 95841

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