By Skagit Valley Herald

Former farrier Francis “Bud” Johnson of Burlington, Wash., passed in the early morning of Aug. 28, 2015. He was 79.

Johnson was born in Seattle and spent his early life in a military family, moving to various posts around the states and the world. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the Navy. He served two tours in Vietnam as an aviation mechanic and helicopter crew chief. His passion for aviation led to piloting tours in his free time and an instructors license.

Johnson was involved early in the Alcoholics Anonymous program. He served as a counselor in his later Navy career, as well as in civilian life.

Johnson’s heart and soul were pure cowboy. He loved rodeo, bull riding, horse training and working as a farrier.

An evening to celebrate his life and share stories is planned for 4:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 25 at Hillcrest Lodge, 1717 S. 13th St., Mount Vernon, WA  98274. Memorial gifts may be made to an addiction rehabilitation program of the giver's choice and to the Washington fire relief and reforestation effort.

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