Matt Johnson's Journal
Written Oct 2, 2008 1:28pm
This will be my last journal entry in "Matt's Miracle." Today marks 1 month since Matt spoke his last words to me. Those words were "I love you." As I struggle to get through each day I continue to be thankful for the love he had for me and I for him. We shared a love that many people go a lifetime and never experience. It was real, it was deep, and it was unconditional.
I take comfort in knowing that Matt is without pain in heaven. He now understands why his life on earth was cut so short. I don't understand, and probably won't until I join him there. But for now I find some peace in knowing that Matt is well and experiencing the wonders of heaven.
Dustin and Tesa are full of questions. Their questions are amazing to me. One very simple question that has been asked by both of them is, "who will be our daddy now?" My response is always, "Daddy is still your daddy and always will be. He loves you and watches over you from heaven." Matt loved our kids with everything in him. I will continue to talk to them about the exceptional father that he was. My hope is that in time even Taylor and Jordyn will realize the magnitude of the love their daddy had for them, and still has for them from heaven.
So for now we will just keep living one day at a time. The pain and heartache is extraordinary. So many dreams are shattered. God is my strength. I continue to see His hand in our lives. He has hand-picked people to love and care for me and the kids in Matt's absence. I am very behind on thank you's, but please know how thankful I am. Each and every act of kindness means so much. I am confident that Matt is especially thankful from above.
And now one last time on this site I will say thank you. Thank you for your support and prayers. Thank you for walking this journey with us. And truly that is what it is...a journey. Our life on this earth is just the journey to heaven for all those who love the Lord. And so...as sad as I am to do it without Matt, my journey here continues.
Written Sep 10, 2008 1:47pm
Thank you for the overwhelming love and support from so many. My heart aches constantly for Matt and it all still seems so unreal. I am including his obituary for those of you who weren't able to make it yesterday. I keep hearing of people who were there that I didn't get a chance to speak to. Thank you for being there. I am sure Matt was smiling down on us all.
Matthew Kenneth Johnson went to be with the Lord on September 4, 2008. He had battled leukemia for the last several months of his life.
Matt was born on December 13, 1973 in Fort Collins, Colorado to Kerwin and Margaret Johnson. At the age of 7, they, along with his brother Ben, moved to Washington. As he entered the 5th grade he met a little blonde girl named Jackie and they quickly became friends. Soon after Matt’s 16th birthday their romance began.
Matt graduated from Friday Harbor High School in 1992 and from the University of Washington in 1996. On August 26, 1995 Matt and Jackie were married. Their son Dustin Douglas was born on February 1, 2001. Matt adored him and referred to him as “Daddy’s Little Man.” Matt was concerned when Jackie was expecting their second child. He didn’t think he could possibly love another child as much. His little princess, Tesa Lorraine, joined the family on October 17, 2003. She melted her Daddy’s heart. A couple of years later Matt was stunned to learn that he was going to be a daddy again, and this time it was going to be twins! Daughters Taylor Blair and Jordyn Lynn were born on December 4, 2006. He was overwhelmed, but over-flowing with love. Now his family was definitely complete.
Matt was responsible and hard-working. He was a dedicated electrician. Matt worked for Modular Electric for 10 years before establishing his own company,
JDT Electrical Contracting.
Matt loved snowmobiling, skiing, watching football, coaching his kid’s sports, and spending time with family and friends. He was well respected by all that knew him.
Matt loved God and lived his life by example to others. During his battle with cancer his faith grew even deeper and he leaned on the Lord for strength.
Matt was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Ken and Mary Wider. He is survived by his wife Jackie and their 4 children, parents Kerwin and Margaret, brother Ben, sister Vanessa, grandparents Doug and Corrine Johnson, Father and Mother-in-law Rick and Karen, brother-in-law Steve (Kelli & Alexia, Addison, Ashlin), brother-in-law Greg (Natalie), Grandma Vi King, and many other relatives and friends.
Memorials can be made to the Matt Johnson Benefit Fund, PO Box 1027, Marysville, WA 98270.
Written Sep 5, 2008 8:58pm
Matt's memorial service will be held at 4:00pm on Tuesday, September 9th at our church-Marysville Church of the Nazarene. The address is 8240 64th Street NE Marysville, WA. 98270.