Geoffrey Mix Johnson, 59, of Lone Tree Bench, Mont., died of natural causes with his family at his bedside, Saturday afternoon, Oct. 31, 2009, at a Great Falls hospital.
There will be a gathering of family and friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday at O’Connor Funeral Home in Great Falls. Geoff wanted his ashes returned to the earth on the family ranch next spring after calving season, and a date will be set in the future with public notification. Geoff was born in Great Falls on Dec. 11, 1949, the second son of Dr. Alexander Charles Johnson and Jane Koepper Johnson. He attended St.Thomas Grade School, Central Catholic High and Great Falls High School. He then attended the University of Montana and then the College of Great Falls before returning home as a lifelong rancher with the family cattle ranching business in the Missouri Breaks of south Blaine County. Geoff lived a rich life as a cowboy and artist of bronze sculptures, paintings and sketches of Montana wildlife, rodeo cowboys, Native Americans and cowboy history. He enjoyed entertaining his many friends while hunting and fishing as well as spending time with his family and kids on the ranch. He very much enjoyed traveling to Mexico and Hawaii deep-sea fishing and attending the annual Arizona family ranch barbecue on the Mexico border. He is survived by his wife, Bobbie Levy Johnson; his children, Cassandra Johnson and Christopher Johnson from his previous marriage to Micki Kirkendall Johnson; brothers, Alexander C. Johnson Jr. Of Portland, Ore., Dr. J. Patrick Johnson of Los Angeles, Calif., and Lt. Col. Joshua B. Johnson of Dixon, Calif. Geoff was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Alexander C. Johnson and Jane Koepper Johnson. In lieu of flowers, donations to an educational fund for Geoff’s children, being established by brothers Alex, J. Patrick and Josh Johnson, would be appreciated. Condolences may be posted at oconnorfuneralhome.com.