Dennis A. Johnson DDS
Born on St. Patrick's Day 1924 into a large, closely-knit, hardworking family on a dairy farm near Pine City, MN. Graduated from Pine City HS 1941 and U of M School of Dentistry 1946. Served in Army Medical Corp as a dental officer in the South Pacific 1946-48. Opened the first full time dental practice in Golden Valley. Practiced there for 38 years.
Married Dorraine Hennen in July 1946. Blessed with 6 boys and one daughter. Built a home in Golden Valley in 1952, raised their family there for 47 years. In 1961 built a cabin on Mille Lacs Lake, which remains in the family to this day.
Dennis was a lifelong member of the Minneapolis District Dental Society, Minnesota Dental Assn., American Dental Assn., and the University of Minnesota Alumni Assn. He served as president of the U of M School of Dentistry Alumni Board and the School of Dentistry Century Club, enjoyed traveling to dental conventions and Elder-hostel Programs. He was named the University of Minnesota Distinguished Dental Alumnus in 1985
A member of the Church of the Good Shepherd since 1952. Dennis served as president of the school board, was on the church council and sang in the choir for 20 years.
Preceded in death by wife Dorraine, daughter Julie Ann, parents Axel and Lillie Johnson, seven brothers. Survived by sister Ann, sons Stephen (Patricia), Lonnie (Monika), Keith (Julie), Douglas (Howard), Thomas, Peter (Carol), 13 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial, 11 AM Friday, May 13, 2022, at the Church of the Good Shepherd 145 Jersey Ave. S. Golden Valley, with visitation one hour prior to mass. Luncheon after the service in the church hall. Memorials can be directed to Sharing & Caring Hands 401 N. 7th St. Mpls., MN 55402 or a donation of your choice.
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