Dennis L. Johnson, 80, of Rochester, died on Nov. 12, 2019 at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester. He was born to Tony and Ida Johnson on Nov. 10, 1939, in Tracy, Minn. He graduated from Walnut Grove High School in 1957 and the University of Minnesota in 1961. He married Joann Monson in August 1969, in Marine on St. Croix.
Dennis spent most of his adult life living with Multiple Sclerosis. He became an inspiration to many because of his positive attitude, great smile, and determination to keep doing the things he loved. He taught in Farmington, Pine Island and Rochester. He was a volunteer track coach at Mayo High School for 21 years and made many lasting relationships with members of the team as he coached from his mobility scooter. He spent many summers working with the All Comer Track Meets in Rochester. Dennis was also a member of the Eagles Aerie 2228 Rochester.
He is survived by his wife, Joann; brother, Donald of Walnut Grove; brother, Doug (Sharon) of Spring Hill, Fla.; sister, Evonne Phillippe (Gene) of Surprise Ariz.; many nieces and nephews; and some great-nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister-in-law, Judy Johnson.
Dennis enjoyed trap shooting, University of Minnesota wrestling and cheering for and helping young athletes. He was a member of the Rochester Quarterbacks Club and the Dodge Center Sportsman's Club and the Southern Minnesota Sportsman's Club.
The funeral service for Dennis will be held 11 a.m. Nov. 19 at Macken Funeral Home in Rochester with Pastors Paul Hauschild and Ron Hackmann officiating. A visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18 at Macken Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Rochester.
Memorials are preferred to the University of Minnesota to support the wrestling team, the National MS Society or a charity of donor's choice.
Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com.