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Mark Allen Bradley Johnson


October 26, 2022

Mark Allen Bradley Johnson

August 29, 1951 - October 24, 2022

Mark Allen Bradley Johnson, 71, of Waubun, Minnesota, peacefully entered eternal rest on Monday, October 24, 2022, at his home on McCraney Lake.

Mark Allen Bradley Johnson was born on August 29, 1951, in Grand Forks, North Dakota, son of Rudolph (Rudy) and Marion (Rowley) Johnson. He attended school in Mahnomen, Minnesota.

Mark grew up as a horseman working for various horse owners around the Mahnomen area. In his teen years, he also worked at the Mahnomen Horse Sales barn. He was an avid horsemen and owned horses for the majority of his life. Mark also spent many years pursing his passion of coon hunting and was one of the founding members of the North Dakota Coon Hunters Association in the late 70's. He loved spending time hunting with family and friends and enjoyed all aspects of working with his dogs and created several champions in the process.

Mark joined the Operating Engineers Local #49 at the age of 21. He was a 49'er to his core. He worked as a crane and dozer operator throughout North Dakota on the missile sites in the early 70's. He met and married the love of his life, Laurie Whitefeather, December 27, 1972, in Crookston, Minnesota. Wanting to be closer to home and family, Mark then owned and operated Portland Radiator Shop (the best place in town to take a leak was his motto) in Portland, North Dakota, from 1976 - 1990. When his children were older, he went back to work for the 49'ers Operating Union and moved back to Minnesota. Mark loved the hills, lakes and trees of Minnesota and moved to Erhard in 1990. He spent several years running heavy equipment and working wind towers traveling to multiple states. He finished his career working as a Union Steward on pipeline projects. Mark was a passionate advocate for Union employees and Union rights.

Mark purchased the Mahnomen Horse Sales barn in 2006 and ran it while working on the road for the 49er's. He operated the horse sales with the assistance of his wife, Laurie, and his children Dennis and Lisa. Mark retired from the 49'ers Operating Engineers in October of 2013 and he and Laurie moved to McCraney lake around that time. Mark always dreamed of living on a lake in Minnesota and he made that a reality. He spent his retirement years caring for his beloved Olde English Bulldogge, Diesel. He loved to spend his free time bass fishing the lakes of Minnesota and Lake Fork in Texas. He also enjoyed watching the Minnesota Vikings play, although it also added many frustrations to his Sundays, as all Vikings fans can relate to.

Mark loved his family dearly and was a supporter of them through thick and thin, through the highs and lows.... Mark was there for his friends and family. Mark made friends everywhere he went and touched the lives of many through his work and personal connections. He will be dearly missed by many.

He is survived by his wife, Laurie Johnson, Waubun, Minnesota. His 3 children: Dennis (Belinda), of McCook Lake, SD, Jory (Kelsey), Cobly (Nessa, with great: Nova), Shayla and Brenna; Cheri, of Bemidji, MN, Morgan (Dave with great: Bentley), Elaina, Olivia, and Sophie; Lisa, of Dakota Dunes, SD, Carissa (Jacob with greats: Hudson, Channing, Lux), Levi (Calle), Alexis, and Brooke; and siblings, Candice Weiand, Randy Johnson, and Danny Johnson.

He is preceded in death by his parents Rudy and Marion and his sisters, Marilyn, Sandy, and Barbara.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at the Anderson Family Funeral Home in Mahnomen, MN. Visitation will be held on Friday, October 28, 2022, from 5:00 - 7:00 pm, with a Prayer Service beginning at 7:00 pm, at the Funeral Home. Burial will take place at Chief Cornerstone Cemetery, Puposky, MN.

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Arrangements entrusted to Anderson Family Funeral Home of Mahnomen.

Prayer Service

Anderson Family Funeral Home of Mahnomen

Friday, October 28, 2022

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

719 N Main Street

Mahnomen, MN 56557

A Prayer Service will be held at 7:00 pm

Funeral Service

Anderson Family Funeral Home of Mahnomen

Saturday, October 29, 2022

10:00 AM

719 N Main Street

Mahnomen, MN 56557


Chief Cornerstone Cemetery

Saturday, October 29, 2022

2:00 PM


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