David M. Johnson


David M. Johnson, 81 of Cloquet, passed away unexpectedly on 8 January 2022. He was born on 22 May 1940 in Cloquet, MN. He was the son of Carl R & Agnes J (Blomberg) Johnson of Cloquet. A Cloquet Graduate of the class of 1958, he attended Harvard University and the University of Minnesota. David LOVED Europe; having begun his ‘adventures’ there, beginning in 1957 at the Jubilee Jamboree for World Scouts in Birmingham, England. David was an Eagle Scout/Scout Master. He returned to Europe upon joining the U.S. Air Force at Aviano Air Base in Italy, finding the love of his life Rosetta; they married on July 10, 1965. He then worked for Raytheon Service Co. an additional 4 years in Europe. Upon returning back to Cloquet, worked as a property manager, landlord, land developer, salesman for IDS and Bergquist Imports, Airman in the 148th Fighter Wing for 14 years; winning Airman of the year in 1974. David’s extensive civic activities include- 22 years as a Scout: Eagle Scout, Boy Scout Leader, he pioneered Scouting in Europe and led Scouts worldwide. He won the Contingent Speaking contest in 1958 out of 1400 participants. He organized the Camp Miller Candy Sale Fundraiser for youth attending Y.M.C.A Camp Miller for 20 years in the Cloquet Area. He was the Cloquet Kiwanis Club President, a Member of the Cloquet City Council, and a Mayoral candidate. He enjoyed fellowship and service at the Zion Lutheran Church: singing in the choir and serving on the board. He supported New Wine fundraising, cooking events, and was instrumental in the development and creation of both the Thanksgiving and Christmas Day Dinner. David was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3979, Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 18, Order of the Arrow and a Member of the Cloquet Country Club.

David’s passions included: Basketball, Trombone, Barber Shop Quartett, Funeral Singing, Boating, Skiing, traveling, watching youth hockey. He always had a ticket to sell supporting local non-profits. ~Our dad was a gem, the kind that was irreplaceable. He was the best son, brother, husband, father and grandfather. We celebrate the fact that he was happy until he went to heaven, and he was in his home. We lament in the fact that there will never be another, not even close, not by a long-shot. Until we meet again dad, Vivi Love~

David is survived by his wife of 56 years Rosetta, his children; Deborah (born in Vicenza, Italy), Raffaello & Vittoria (born in Duluth & Cloquet), 3 grandchildren – Angel, Carina & Alessandro (All Johnsons) & a daughter-in-law Toni (Antoinette) all of Cloquet.

Service for David will be held Sunday, January 16, 2022, at Nelson Funeral Care in Cloquet with a visitation beginning at 12:00 Noon until the 2:00 p.m. Memorial Service. All friends and family are welcome to a Luncheon provided by Valentini’s. Donations to the Christmas Day Dinner in David’s Honor would be greatly appreciated c/o DAV Carlton  County PO Box 294 Cloquet, MN 55720. Inurnment will take place Sunday, May 22, 2022, at Zion Lutheran Church in Cloquet.

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