Donald J. “Don” Johnson

JohnsonDonald J. “Don” Johnson, 64, of Hulett, Wyoming, passed away February 20, 2014. He was born September 17, 1949, in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, to John and Cleo (Huffman) Johnson. Just months before he was born, his dad drowned in a boating accident on Lake Minitare, Nebraska. While he was a toddler, Cleo moved Don and his older brother Mike back to the homestead north of Hulett. Life was difficult for the boys and they learned to work hard at an early age. Later, Cleo married Leonard Stoddard and a half-sister and half-brother joined the family. Don attended school at several country schools around the Deer Creek area through 6th grade and graduated from Hulett High School in 1967. During high school, Don played basketball, sang in the choir and was an active member of the Devils Tower FFA. While in FFA, he was named high individual in the State FFA hog judging contest. In 1969, he married his high school sweetheart, Teresa DeLancey. Don and Terri lived in Newcastle, Wyoming, for a couple years where he worked for the Wyoming Department of Transportation. Ranch life called him back to the country and they moved to his uncle’s ranch on Deer Creek where they continued to ranch and raise Angus cattle. Don and Terri ranched and raised their family together for 45 years. In 1973 their first daughter, Barbara “Bobbi” was born and in 1976 a second daughter, Kathleen, “Kathi” was born. Don was very proud of his girls and the young women they had grown into. He taught them about cattle ranching and the land and to be good horsewomen. The three of them could sort a pen of cattle quite efficiently. Don felt very lucky to have such a close-knit, loving family who stood by each other through thick and thin. Don was a member and Past President of the Wyoming Young Farmers and Ranchers Association, a charter member of the Half Fast Roping Club and a member of the Hulett Roping Club. He was a volunteer fire warden for the Government Canyon Fire Zone. Don was the catch pen boss at the Hulett Rodeo for many years and he was honored to have served as the Grand Marshall for the Hulett Rodeo parade this past summer. Don enjoyed ranching and was an excellent cattleman. He loved his horses and red heelers and was lucky enough to have several good ones of each. One of his proudest accomplishments was harvesting a mountain lion and he enjoyed hunting and trapping with his grandkids. He was an avid team roper and enjoyed traveling to area jackpots where he won several belt buckles. Don is survived by his best friend and last red heeler, Okie; Terri, his wife of 45 years; his daughters, Bobbi (JR) Butler and Kathi Driskill; his three beloved grandsons, Austin, Dawson and Dalton Butler and his favorite granddaughter Jessee Driskill, all of Hulett; his brother Mike (Sherry) Johnson of Laramie, Wyoming; his large extended family and friends and numerous nieces and nephews. Don was preceded in death by his parents and in-laws; his brother-in-law, Bernie DeLancey and his son-in-law Matt Driskill. Don will be remembered as a gentleman who always held the door for the ladies. He loved being outdoors in the wide open spaces and horseback. His family meant the world to him and he dearly loved his grandkids and spending time with them. Don’s quick wit and sense of humor will be remembered by his family and friends. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 10am at the Greater Hulett Community Center in Hulett. A memorial has been established in his name to the Devils Tower FFA Chapter in Hulett. Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance. Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com