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Corey Benner
December 2, 1984 ~
March 19, 2018
Date of Service: March 25, 2018

Margo Janke
August 11, 1935 ~
March 18, 2018

Mary Lou Fjeld
January 30, 1921 ~
March 15, 2018

Donald Isler
February 28, 1929 ~
March 11, 2018

Constance Rumely
August 27, 1924 ~
March 07, 2018

Mildred McAfee
May 17, 1926 ~
March 06, 2018

Harold West
June 26, 1929 ~
March 06, 2018

Carter "Roy" French
August 28, 1952 ~
March 01, 2018


Terry Johnson

Date of Death: November 17, 2017

Service: November 25, 2017 3:00 PM
   Location: 14323 Rocky Mountain Rd.

Terry C Johnson (Liver Eat’n), 78 years old, passed away Friday, Nov. 17th at his home with his wife by his side, while under hospice care.  Born in LaCrosse, WI, he was the eldest child of Red and Dolores Johnson.  He grew up camping, hunting, and fishing on the islands and bayous along the Mississippi River around LaCrosse.  

He graduated with a degree in Forestry at the Univ. of Minnesota. There he met his future wife, Frieda, where both were active in the Rovers, an outdoor recreational club.  They married on Sept. 17, 1960 in LaCrosse, WI.

 Upon graduation, he started working at Squaw Creek Ranger Station in Jan. of 1962, laying out timber sales.  While there, three children, Greg, Susan, and Jeff, were born.  The family was transferred to Ennis Ranger District in 1966 where he was in charge of recreation, timber, and fire control.  Their 4th child, Sally, was born there.  He started canoeing and mountain climbing, placing registers on the top of many peaks in the Madison Range. Trips with the family included canoeing many rivers and Shoshone Lake and a two-week backpacking trip in the Wind River Range.

In 1971, the family moved to St. Maries, ID where Terry was in charge of the St. Joe Wild and Scenic River Study.  He spent a lot of time canoe racing, winning about 50 races.  He spent a month racing in the 75th Anniversary of the Klondike Gold Rush in a six-person canoe, representing the State of Washington.

In 1975 the family moved to Bozeman and has lived in the same house for 37 years.  He retired from the Forest Service in 1982 and started Sunburst Adventures.  He guided hunters for ten years at the camp up Elkhorn Creek with numerous adventures and elk hunting successes.  He also ran a surveying business where he did P line surveys on Forest Roads, hiring friends and family.  He then went into the campground and trail building business.  He built many of the local popular mountain bike and hiking trails in the area and around the Northwest. 

Terry was a man of many interests. He introduced many people to canoeing, taught construction of wood strip canoes, and led numerous river trips around Montana. As a member of the Bridger Ski Club, Terry was instrumental in organizing the Langlauf Race Series which introduced many new skiers to long distance tour racing. He helped with the junior XC team, organizing a bicycle trip in YNP and used a van to drive the team to races throughout Montana. He embraced Dragon Boat Racing, traveling to Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand.  He started two teams, one in Homosassa, FL and one in Bozeman, MT.  In 1995, he bought a 41’ Morgan sailboat in Portland, Oregon which he sailed as far south as Zihautenejo, Mexico and then back to San Diego.  Sailing provided many adventures.  Once, while in a storm, as the boat was rolling, he lamented to Art High that jail was looking good since there they could least lay flat and watch TV! He was also very active in mountaineering, skiing from the Gallatin to the Madison over Lone Mtn Peak in 1971 before it was a ski area. He led many climbs up the Grand Teton. He and his son, Greg, climbed Popacatepitl in Mexico and the Chimborazo, Cotopaxi and Tungerhura in Equador.

He is survived by his wife, Frieda; sons, Greg and Jeff (Carrie); daughters, Susan (James) and Sally; grandsons, Jeff, Derek (Esther), Jeremiah, Slayde, and Cooper; granddaughter, Rosie; great-granddaughter, Emma; and his sisters, Aletta, Nikkie, and Mary.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Red and Dolores, and sisters, Brenda and Sandy.

Please join us for a celebration of life, Saturday Nov 25th, 14323 Rocky Mtn Road, 3 pm until ?.  All are welcome to share and enjoy stories of the legend, Terry Johnson.


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