In memory of
Carl Vernon "Nog" Johnson
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In memory of
Carl Vernon "Nog" Johnson
Carl "Nog" Vernon Johnson passed away peacefully on Dec. 8, 2019. He was 95. Born Jan. 19, 1924, he lived most of his life on the Mendocino Coast. His creative talents were first expressed in building elaborate model airplanes. He graduated in 1942 from Fort Bragg High School and started work in the timber business, felling huge redwoods. Later jobs showed his versatility. Some of his jobs included steel painter (KDAC radio tower, bridges), photographer, mechanic, carpenter and various small enterprises. He could repair almost anything well, no matter how long it took. Whatever he built had unique, fun features. In 1956 he married Dorothy (Dot) Racine. They decided to do some traveling but needed money. So Nog worked painting bridges and, at home, he created a rubber animated octopus that moved, breathed and looked around. Then he made an aquarium on wheels and Nog and Dot traveled around the country to state fairs charging 15 cents admission to see the giant octopus. During the eight years of traveling, they started a family with a daughter and, two years later, a son, to travel with them. After retiring the show, Nog became a backhoe operator and made and sold fish compost for gardeners. He also made a life-sized whale that is shown in parades locally. He is survived by his sister, Betty Baker; his ex, Dot; daughter, Molly; son, Carl (Nicolle); four grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He will be remembered as a loving parent and for his kindness, generosity and sense of humor. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, at 12:30 at the Redwood Coast Senior Center, 490 N. Harold St., Fort Bragg.
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In memory of
Carl Vernon "Nog" Johnson
Carl "Nog" Vernon Johnson passed away peacefully on Dec. 8, 2019. He was 95. Born Jan. 19, 1924, he lived most of his life on the Mendocino Coast. His creative talents were first expressed in building elaborate model airplanes. He graduated in 1942 from Fort Bragg High School and started work in the timber business, felling huge redwoods. Later jobs showed his versatility. Some of his jobs included steel painter (KDAC radio tower, bridges), photographer, mechanic, carpenter and various small enterprises. He could repair almost anything well, no matter how long it took. Whatever he built had unique, fun features. In 1956 he married Dorothy (Dot) Racine. They decided to do some traveling but needed money. So Nog worked painting bridges and, at home, he created a rubber animated octopus that moved, breathed and looked around. Then he made an aquarium on wheels and Nog and Dot traveled around the country to state fairs charging 15 cents admission to see the giant octopus. During the eight years of traveling, they started a family with a daughter and, two years later, a son, to travel with them. After retiring the show, Nog became a backhoe operator and made and sold fish compost for gardeners. He also made a life-sized whale that is shown in parades locally. He is survived by his sister, Betty Baker; his ex, Dot; daughter, Molly; son, Carl (Nicolle); four grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He will be remembered as a loving parent and for his kindness, generosity and sense of humor. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, at 12:30 at the Redwood Coast Senior Center, 490 N. Harold St., Fort Bragg.
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