Drew Martin Johnson

August 18, 1939 - June 20, 2024
Yukon River in the Canadian Mountains

Drew Martin Johnson

Drew was born in Canton, SD, to parents who owned the Sioux Valley News. Despite being appointed to West Point, Drew chose to accept an invitation to be a Page in the US Senate where he met presidents Kennedy, Nixon and Johnson. He graduated from Page School receiving his high school diploma at the Library of Congress and graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in journalism.

Drew’s first job as a reporter was for the Woodland Democrat. He joined the Sacramento Bee reporting on agriculture and legislation while attending law school at night. Drew graduated from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law where he was editor of the newspaper and senior class president. He established his own law firm practicing law into his 70’s.

Drew had a lifelong love of music and was chosen to sing in the South Dakota All-State Chorus. He sang solos at church and weddings and worked as a singing waiter at Lake Okoboji. He was fortunate to sing for almost 20 years with Don Kendrick’s Vox Nova Men’s Choir at Sacred Heart Church in Sacramento.

Drew became a member of the East Sacramento chapter of Rotary in the 1970’s never missing a meeting and serving as president in 1980-1981. Many of his lifelong friendships came from his Rotary associations including his long standing poker group. Drew had many passions: skiing, coaching and playing soccer, golfing, biking, running, camping, reading, traveling and watching his favorite sports teams – the A’s, 49ers & Kings.

Drew’s greatest love was for his family. He often traveled with his loving wife to France, Pennsylvania and Nebraska. He relished family ski trips to Lake Tahoe and Utah, attending soccer tournaments, choir concerts and late-night puzzles and ping pong with his daughters. He loved visiting his sister and family in Iowa. Drew made his famous apple crisp for holidays and family celebrations. Watching his two grandchildren grow up brought him immense joy. His laughter was contagious, and when he smiled, his family felt his love.

Drew died peacefully with his family by his side June 20, 2024 at the age of 84. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ardes Brown and Andrew Johnson. He is survived by his wife, Cathy Kelly; daughters Heather Enos (Mark) and Paige Tiffany; former wife Kay Johnson; grandchildren Katie and Matt Enos; sister Katie Howe (Tom), nephew Robert Howe (Cackie), niece Alison Simpson (Scott); and many loving great nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass for Drew will be Thursday, July 18, at 11a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 39th & J, Sacramento. A reception follows in the Parish Hall. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donating to the Alzheimer’s Society: www.alz.org

Memorial Mass

Thursday, July 18, 2024
11:00 AM

Sacred Heart Church
1040 39th St
Sacramento, CA 95816