November 14, 1949 ~ August 1, 2011
Mark passed away Monday, August 1, 2011 in Fergus Falls in the presence of his family.
Mark O. Johnson, son of Marty and Violet (Winterquist) Johnson was born November 14, 1949 in Fargo, ND. Mark grew up in Grandin, ND and was baptized February 12, 1950 and was confirmed December 2, 1962 in Grandin Presbyterian Church. He went on to graduate from Grandin High School in 1967 and serve his country in the National Guard 119th Fighter Interceptor Group from 1967 to 1973.
Mark was united in marriage to Sandra Ydstie on June 15, 1968 in Our Saviors Lutheran Church at Hillsboro. They made their home in Hillsboro until Mark semi-retired in 2006 and they relocated to their summer home in Battle Lake, MN.
Mark purchased NAPA Auto Supply of Hillsboro, ND in 1968. He went on with the help of his wife and son Chris to own and operate the store for the next thirty eight years. During the thirty eight years he expanded and eventually sold off stores in Mayville, ND and Larimore, ND. While semi-retired Mark continued working in auto parts and was employed at NAPA Auto Parts of Fergus Falls, MN and Battle Lake, MN. He also owned and operated Eager Beaver Stump Grinding of Battle Lake, MN.
Mark deeply enjoyed hunting and fishing and had a special fondness for ice fishing. He also greatly enjoyed meeting and building relationships with many of the people that were his customers and vendors but, most of all he loved spending time with family and friends.
He was a long standing member of the Hillsboro Small Business Association and was active in Kiwanis. Mark was also a very active member of the Masonic Lodge in Battle Lake and Hillsboro where over several decades he served as Worshipful Master and earned his Scottish Rite.
Survivors include his wife Sandie, daughter Angie (Charles) Olson of Battle Lake, MN, son Chris (Jen) Johnson of Hillsboro, ND, and daughter Amy (Jim) Olson of West Fargo and grand children Ashley, Dustin, Karlee, Kaylie, Abbigail, Maddison, and Brooklyn, and mother-law Eunice Ydstie of Hillsboro, ND and brother Tim Johnson of Bismarck, ND.
He was preceded in death by his parents, father-in law Harlum Ydstie and his twin brother Marty Johnson.