Eric Eugene Johnson

Eric Eugene Johnson

October 07, 1955 - December 28, 2018
Laguna Hills CA

Eric Eugene Johnson

October 07, 1955 - December 28, 2018
Laguna Hills CA


Eric Eugene Johnson

 Eric E. Johnson, 63, of Laguna Hills, California, went to be with the Lord on December 28, 2018, after battling Parkinson’s disease for 14 years.

Eric was born on October 7, 1955, in Tampa, Florida. His family moved to California soon thereafter, or as he would say, just before they built Dodger Stadium. His childhood was shaped by loving parents and two brothers who he adored. They lived the idealistic suburban dream of days filled with baseball games, bike rides, chocolate chip malts, and a steady stream of friends gathering at the welcoming Johnson home.

On September 25, 1971, his life changed forever when he had his first date with the love of his life, Deanne Wendler. Although a senior in high school, he was too young to drive, so he asked a friend to drive them on a double date to the USC/Cal football game at the LA Coliseum. Eric and Deanne attended Glendora High School together, University of Redlands together, and went on to wed July 23, 1977.

Eric attended Willamette University Law School in Salem, Oregon. He graduated and passed the bar in 1980, beginning a 26-year law career. During those 26 years, he represented numerous healthcare and business clients as an associate and then partner at McDermott and Trayner and later as a partner at Stephen, Oringher, Richman, and Theodora. Eric retired from law at age 52 due to complications with Parkinson’s disease and dystonia, but always took an interest in those who had helped him build his career.

Despite many professional achievements, Eric’s finest hours came as a father. His two children, Ryan (37) and Mandy (33), were his pride and joy. He was always there for them. His attendance for school performances, sporting events, dance recitals, award ceremonies, and cheerleading events was near perfect. He took an authentic interest in not just his children, but their friends as well, forming many lifelong friendships. When his kids went to college across the country, he would show up with a simple call or better yet an impromptu trip just to be there for them. When his children wed, he took their spouses in like his own and truly adored and respected his daughter-in-law, Sara, and son-in-law, Chris. And, of course, he brought that same joy and enthusiasm to his time as a grandfather to Peyton (7), Audrey (5), Anne Kathryn (4), Gwendolyn (3), and Rose (1). He continued to be present at their events and life moments even up until his lasts days.

Eric is survived by his wife Deanne May Johnson; son Ryan (Sara) Johnson; daughter Mandy (Chris) Lausche; five grandchildren, mother Constance Johnson, brother Kirk (Judy) Johnson, sister-in-law Marci (John) Brewster; and stepsister Caryn (Gary) Moore. Eric was predeceased by his father Virgil Johnson and brother Greg Johnson.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Eric E. Johnson Men’s Ministry Retreat Scholarship Fund at Crossline Community Church at (select “In Loving Memory of Eric E. Johnson” as the giving type or write Eric E. Johnson in the memo line of the check/donation) or to the UCLA Department of Neurology at  (write Parkinson’s disease research c/o Dr. Jeff Bronstein in the memo line of the check/donation).

Services will be held at Crossline Community Church (23331 Moulton Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA 92653) on Thursday, January 10th, at 2:00 pm. The family welcomes all who would like to attend.


Memorial Service

  • Date & Time: January 10, 2019 (2:00 PM)
  • Venue: Crossline Community Church
  • Location: 23331 Moulton Parkway Laguna Hills, CA 92653 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (949) 916-0250

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6 responses to Eric Eugene Johnson

  1. Eric was the dearest , sweetest man. I am glad he doesn’t hurt anymore but so sorry for the Johnson family whom he loved dearly.

  2. Daryl Kopeny says:

    DeeAnn and family, I so wish I had met your husband and father. I would hear about all fo you with my lunches with Betty Lou. I am here for you DeeAnn if you ever need to talk or cry or whatever. I know the pain but I also realize all grief is different. It’s been 2 1/2 yrs for me and it does get easier but you will never forget him. To you all Daryl. ?

  3. Maryam says:

    DeeAnn, we are sorry for your loss. Eric, was such a great person, he will live on in our memories forever. Our heart felt condolences to you and your family,

  4. Deanne and Family,

    We are so sorry to learn of Eric’s passing. His faith has become sight now! Thanking .God for his life and the godly life he lived before his kids and for the grandkids Andy formyou! Praying for peace and comfort I the days and weeks ahead! Peace to you all in Christ!

  5. I feel so honored to have known Eric and worked with him too. He loves his family and community. We will miss him but always remember him. We’re here for you too Deanne.

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