Christopher Jay Johnson, age 39 of Ft. Collins, Colorado, and formerly of Brookings passed away Monday July 19, 2021.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, July 26, 2021, at Eidsness Funeral Home in Brookings with a prayer service starting at 7 p.m. Christopher will be buried with Military Honors on Tuesday, July 27, at the South Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Sioux Falls.
Christopher was born on May 10, 1982, to Kathryn (Lane) and Donovan Johnson in Brookings, South Dakota. He grew up in the Brookings area and was a protective big brother to his younger siblings, Rollie and Jason. Christopher attended school in Brookings. He later took online college courses when he was in the military.
Christopher joined the military after high school, and was hoping to make a career of his service in the Army. However, he was injured in Iraq and was later honorably discharged. The Army provided training to Christopher in the oil industry, where he was employed in that industry near Denver, CO, until 2014.
Christopher enjoyed spending time with his brothers and his sons. He always loved people in general. Christopher enjoyed riding motorcycle, spending time in the mountains, listening to music, drawing, and spending time with friends and family over a meal.
In his youth, Christopher attended church at Holy Life Tabernacle and Brookings First Assembly of God Church. He later attended River of Life Church in Colorado. After his discharge, he was involved with the VA in Sioux Falls, and he enjoyed going to the American Legion to meet other veterans.
Survivors include his father, Donovan Johnson and step-mother, Lynette Johnson; his mother, Kathryn Lane; his brothers, Rollie and Jason Johnson all of Brookings: two sons, Elijah Johnson of Colorado and Creed Johnson of Brookings; grandmother, LaVon Lane of Brookings; and grandfather, Darwin Johnson of Brookings.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, LaVonne Johnson, and grandfather, Brian Lane; and one cousin, Adam Smith.