Eric Paul Johnson, age 49, of Excelsior, left this world far too soon Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019.
He was born May 20, 1970, in Waconia, the son of Arthur and Kathleen (Krueger) Johnson. Eric was baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Waconia.
He grew up playing golf with friends in Waconia, but it wasn’t until he met Sarah that he found that weekends spent at Bay Lake were his true passion. Eric adored his wife, Sarah and daughter, Morgan.
He embraced any opportunity for adventure and time with his toys. Nothing brought him more joy than a boat ride with friends and family, or a drive to work with the top down on his car. When he wasn’t working, he could be found spending time with his springers, Watson and Finley; and his family.
Eric greeted everyone with open arms, a magnetic smile, and a huge (memorable) hug; he had the gift of making others feel like they were the most important person in the room. He loved music, and often played it at decibels that could be heard for miles. If there was an opportunity to dance, he would be the first on the floor.
Eric loved to work hard, and savored life just as much. He found pride working alongside his father and brother Todd, and serving his community. He touched the hearts of so many, in a profession that required caring for others in ways that most people could never do.
Fatherhood came easy for Eric. He displayed his unconditional love, in both big and small ways. Every day, he packed a lunch for Morgan with a note inside in hopes of making her smile. When she went to college, he filled that display of love with calls and texts. Simply put, he adored his girls.
An amazing husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend to many. Eric’s joyous spirit, high energy, and his amazing hugs will be missed by all.
He is survived by his loving wife, Sarah; daughter Morgan; parents Kathy and Art Johnson; in-laws Nancy and Dave Patterson; siblings Todd (Toni) Johnson, and Lisa (Erik) Magnuson,; brother-in-law Adam (Nicole) Patterson; brother and sister-in-law Laurie and Terry Dwyer; nieces and nephews Kendra, Austin, Brittney, Blake, William, Matthew, Lauren, Pierce, Pella, Joe, Ryan, Jake, James and Maggi; and many friends.
Eric was preceded in death by his loving brother, Brian Johnson.
A memorial service celebrating Eric’s life took place Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Excelsior, with the Rev. Kris Causton as officiant.
There was a gathering of family and friends from noon until the start of the service at the church.
Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.