January 11, 2017
- 7:00 PM
January 11, 2017
5:00 PM - 7:00 Pm
January 12, 2017
- 2:00 PM
Paul M. Johnson, 62, of Fargo, ND died peacefully on January 6, 2017, surrounded by his family’s loving support at Sanford Medical Center after a short and courageous battle with lung cancer.
Paul was born on August 28, 1954 to Clifford and Babe (Sarah Kreier) Johnson in Fargo. Paul attended grade school at Holy Spirit Elementary and graduated from Shanley High School in 1972. Following high school Paul graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in Business Administration and also Minnesota State University Moorhead with an Accounting degree. For the past 29 years Paul has owned the Taco Shop in Fargo, ND. Paul put his heart and soul into serving his customers by expanding his business from one location to five. Paul enjoyed working with many wonderful people throughout the years and reminiscing with his loyal customers. Paul was an extremely hard worker, never gave himself a break, and was looking forward to retirement.
Paul was united in marriage to Shirley (Daul) Johnson on May 28, 1982 in Fargo, ND where they made their home and were blessed with Emilee, Tracey, and Christopher. Paul’s greatest pride and joy was his family and he treasured the times when everyone could be together. Someday Paul was looking forward to being a grandpa and had dreams of taking the grandkids on bike rides, shooting hoops, watching westerns and reading bedtime stories to them.
Paul was a very social man and enjoyed being around people. He especially loved being active and enjoyed the sport and friendships he made playing racquetball at the YMCA. Paul loved all kinds of sports and was a lifelong Green Bay Packer fan. Paul also loved anything that had to do with basketball. You could find Paul cheering on high school teams, the NDSU Men and Women’s basketball teams, the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Lynx. Paul even dubbed himself as the “North Dakota Lynx Fan Club President” and was always trying to “recruit” members.
When Paul was not working or watching sports, he enjoyed times at his lake cabin on Middle Cormorant Lake near Detroit Lakes, MN. He loved tending to his garden, taking a good swim and watching the sunset with a cold beer or glass of wine in hand.
Paul is survived by his loving wife Shirley of 34 years; daughters Emilee (Matt) Anderson of Edina, MN, Tracey (Nate Johnson) of Fargo, and son Chris of Fargo; sister Vicki Johnson of Fargo; brother Randy (Sandra) Johnson of Rancho Cucamonga, CA; sisters-in-law Marlene (Bryan) Beck of Fargo, Dianne (Ben) Weatherly of Palmdale, CA; brothers-in-law Jerry (Sue) Daul of West Fargo, Bill (Gina) Daul of Kidder, MO, many nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Paul is proceeded in death by his parents; and parents in-law Herb and Cathy Daul.
The family would like to thank the staff at Sanford Medical Center and Essentia Health for their kind and compassionate care of Paul during his short two month battle.
Visitation: 5:00 – 7:00 PM, Wednesday, January 11th at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.
Prayer Service: 7:00 PM, Wednesday, January 11th at the funeral home.
Funeral Mass: 2:00 PM, Thursday, January 12th at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Fargo.
Burial: Holy Cross Cemetery North
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Roger Maris Cancer Center.