- 29 years old
- Date of birth: Jul 20, 1985
- Date of passing: Sep 11, 2014
- Place of passing:
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
|Paul Maurice Johnson Letters for Noah. Help us celebrate Paul's life!|
Paul Maurice Johnson - Letters for Noah
Welcome to our website for the remembrance of our beloved son, Paul. We first want to thank all of you that prayed for Paul and for us during the past 4-½ years. We felt your love and outreach and you need to know that it DID make a difference.
We would love for you to share a story, a moment, or pictures for his son Noah. We want to keep Paul’s memory alive in Noah and it’s only through his family and friends that it will be possible.
We love you and thank you.
Gregg and Carol
Obituary from The Denver Post.
Paul Maurice Johnson born July 20, 1985 went to be with the Lord on September 11, 2014. Paul was born in Phoenix, AZ and maintained a home in Phoenix and in Colorado Springs, CO. Paul lived his life with courage, passion and a deep love for his family, his church and his friends. He was able to face his daily health challenge with the comfort in his relationship with the Lord and the loving support of his wife Jen; always thinking of the next time they could celebrate something, an anniversary, a birthday, a first date where he proposed, their first kiss. Then, of course, along came Noah which seemed so natural for Paul as he took on the role of father and husband. He was a natural at both and was able to do these with a style and grace that was amazing. Throughout his daily struggles he always shared and ministered his love and promise of the Lord. His passion and love for his family was a wonderful thing to see. Paul always thought of others and how he could help. It could be sharing a joke, an opinion, advice on what car to buy or not to buy, his advice on love and family but most importantly sharing his love for the Lord and the promise that holds. Paul leaves behind a wealth of stories, jokes and when we all go to buy a new car Paul will be there giving us his opinion, as those close to Paul know his passion for and knowledge of cars is and will be unsurpassed by anyone. His parents Gregg and Carol Johnson, his wife Jennifer, who he loved and adored deeply and was never shy about it, survive Paul. His son Noah Maurice, who looks like he has the same passion for cars and loves the Lord and his family. Paul is also survived by grandmother Donna Burns, his older brother Ezra, his sisters Melissa (Missy) Ackerley and Michelle (Shelly) Mosbrucker, nieces Cora Violet and Ella, and nephews Evan and Mason. The celebration for Paul's life will be held on Saturday September 20 at 11:00 A.M. at Chaparral Christian Church 6451 East Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ. There will be a reception at the church following the service. Paul loved to be social so let's fill the church for him!
Published in DenverPost.com from Sept. 16 to Sept. 17, 2014 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/denverpost/obituary.aspx?pid=172471923#sthash.SPnovV2h.dpu
Az Central Story about Paul
Man of faith dies at 29 of rare cancer
Faith, family, friends, and fast cars were what meant the most to Paul Johnson and what kept him going towards the end of his short life.
His father, Gregg Johnson, took Paul to the Barrett-Jackson car auction when he was in grade school and his youngest son became captivated by cars. The auction became an annual outing for the father and son.
"We went every year after that," said Johnson, 63, of Peoria. "I would pull him out of school and we would go."
Paul Johnson died on Sept. 11 in Phoenix of a very rare form of appendiceal cancer. He was 29.
Even while he was being treated for cancer, he would go to work with his chemo pump at Perkins Motor Co., a car dealership in Colorado Springs, Colo.
"He was dedicated to his passion — cars," said Johnson. "He was committed to providing for his family and he was fearless about fighting the disease."
Paul was born on July 20, 1985, in Phoenix. He grew up attending Paradise Mountain Christian Academy and was a member of the first class to attend Pinnacle High School.
"He had great sense of humor," recalled Johnson. "He was very happy. He smiled all the time and was very friendly. He was spiritual from the beginning and was a joy to be around all of his life."
After his father introduced him to fast and fancy cars, Paul was immediately hooked.
"My wife would drive him to and from school and he always had a spiral notebook where he would write down the type of cars he saw," said Johnson "He got a subscription to Motor Trend magazine and he would pour over it. He had a 10-year collection and if someone asked about a car he could go directly to the specific issue."
Paul attended the Universal Technical Institute automotive trade school in Goodyear but soon discovered that he would rather be driving new cars than fixing old ones. He started selling cars for Volvo North Scottsdale and other high-end dealerships.
But Paul's father said his son was about more than just cars.
"At his service one of the men said that in the car business no one is your friend, but Paul became his best friend," said Johnson. "It was about relationships with people. When he was part of the youth program at church, he would shake the hands of people older than us and give the women hugs. Even as a teenager, he would work the crowd at church like he was a politician."
And Paul was close to people of all ages.
"He had friends that were children and friends that were in their nineties," said Johnson.
Paul moved to Colorado in 2006. The next year, he met his future wife at a church party. They soon became friends and he won her over. In 2008, they were married. Paul's dad couldn't believe how comfortable his son was as a new husband.
"It was like he went to college to become a husband," said Johnson. "He was just so good at it."
Jennifer Johnson, 31, said being with Paul was like a fairy tale.
"We would get dressed up and go on a date once a month — always on the anniversary of our first date," said the Sun City resident. "We were young and we fell madly in love with each other instantly. I never had the feelings I had for him for anyone. I felt like Cinderella. I knew from the first moment, that he was going to be the person I would marry. There would be no one else for me."
Two years after they married, the couple had a son, Noah. Shortly after Noah was born, Paul started suffering from stomach pain for a few days and was taken to the hospital for surgery. The doctors discovered a tumor behind his appendix. It was removed and Paul went through chemotherapy treatments and the family was sure they would have no further problems.
"We felt like we were untouchable," said Jennifer. "We thought everything was fine. That life was going to be normal again."
Paul went for several follow-up exams and was cancer-free for one year but in April of 2013, doctors discovered more cancer in Paul's liver and abdominal area.
Paul tried numerous traditional and nontraditional treatments.
After he moved back to the Phoenix area, the family found a church — Compel in Glendale, where Jennifer said Paul found his calling.
"The past year he devoted all of his extra time to our church," she said. "He was so excited about doing things for the church. He was more passionate about them and what they were going through than what he was going though. That's all he cared about. He had so much love for me and Noah and the people in church. He really found his calling."
Towards the end of his life, Paul continued to find comfort in his faith, family, friends and fast cars.
Kevin Niven, a friend of Paul's since he was three, took Paul for chemo a few months back. After the treatment, Paul asked if Niven had ever been to the Penske Racing Museum. He had not.
"As sick as he was, he made sure that I experienced the museum," said Niven. "He was thinking more of me than himself."
A service was held for Paul on Sept. 20 at Chaparral Christian Church in Scottsdale, the church Paul grew up in. More than 300 people attended the service.
"He had a wonderful heart," Johnson said. "He loved everyone and everyone loved him."
"I first met Paul and his wife Jennifer at Compel Church, his bright smile, and warm hugs are what made my day. When Jennifer went to Colorado for a month or so in 2014, I came to know Paul really well. We had about 3-4 lunches and breakfasts together, just to hang out and talk. After collect groups at church, Paul and I always chatted about our weeks, and what we learned from the group night, We would sometimes chat for two hours on a curb outside a Starbucks. One of the best things I remember about Paul was that when I was really sick for about three months in a row, and I was having difficult times withy job, he would always leave me a message on Facebook or call me to see how I was feeling. This left a lasting impression on me because I even though he was very sick, he cared about how I felt FIRST. I only knew Paul for 8 short months before he lost his battle with cancer. I will never forget him, and there's not a day that goes by I dont miss our conversations and wish he was here. Love ya man, and miss you so much"
"I'm thinking about all of you today on Paul's birthday. Sending you hugs and much love."
"I was thinking about Paul and his family today and sending all of you hugs."
"Our family will never forget our time spent with Paul. I remember vividly the very first day we met Paul & Jen and little Noah. I remember his warm smile, friendly handshake and contagious laughter. Their family immediately became a part of ours. Paul was everyone's friend and never missed an opportunity to be a part of our community. He has left a lasting impact on us and on the Compel Church family. I see so much of Paul's personality and legacy continuing on through Noah. We love this family dearly. There is forever a piece missing and we anxiously look forward to the day when we will all be reunited again."
"I got to meet Paul and Jen in April of 2008 when I started at the Club. They were planning their wedding reception with us later that year, and I had so much fun getting to know both of them, along with his parents Carol and Gregg during that process. I cannot say enough positive things about this absolutely incredible family.
From the very beginning, Paul was one of the most fun and wonderful people I had ever met! He was always smiling, and always made me smile and laugh. From the times he would knock on my office window to see if he could startle me (and he did!), to the time that he called me an "old lady driver" because he was driving behind me leaving the Club (then we started racing!), he never failed to brighten my day each and every time I saw him.
He was an amazing friend to me, son to Carol and Gregg, father to Noah, and husband to Jen. I miss him dearly, but know he is in heaven and probably keeping everyone up there smiling and laughing!"
"Jimmie Don and I had the awesome opportunity to share time with Paul both here in Houston and in Colorado Springs. He always posed thought intriguing questions. He was well versed in so many subjects we never knew what was on his mind. His questions would range from your opinion on the latest Tesla car to the latest style of western boots. No matter where we started a conversation his love of cars and their internal workings seemed to be where we ended. We both miss those phone calls when he just wanted to make certain we were doing well. His love for life was always present for all to share! Miss you!"
"I had the opportunity to get to know Paul, Jen and Noah on the few occasions our family would visit the Phoenix area. But even more than those few encounters, I feel like I've really gotten to know Paul a lot better once I started creating a video to highlight his life and reading the comments left by folks from many different places. Paul touched many lives and his smile did, indeed, light up the room. It is now lighting up heaven. Noah, you and your mom have been blessed with someone truly special, and I trust that your Dad, Paul, will be guiding you from above."
"When Paul would walk into a room and smile the whole world felt like a better place. His energy and positive attitude was simply contagious. He is greatly missed and will never be forgotten..As for little Noah, well the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.. What a cutie...."
"Paul is loved by so many. I will always miss him. I am so thankful that he has such a wonderful Family. I feel very Blessed to have been able to spend time with him when he was a child and see him grow into a man."
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