David Allen Johnson

David Allen Johnson, 59 passed away at his home where he resided with his sister, Rosie in Ottawa, Kansas on May 19, 2020. He was surrounded by his Family.
He was born, November 25, 1960, at Miami Medical Center to Gilbert George and Helen Pauline Johnson. He grew up in the small town of Hilldale, Kansas, where everyone was considered family, with 5 sisters and 3 brothers.
He was a great student and star athlete, especially when it came to baseball. He would always talk about his “mean” sidearm throw. He was a 1979 graduate of Paola High School.
He was married shortly after graduating from high school to Kelly Hanes. They had 3 kids together and later divorced in 2004.
He worked at Lakemary and Paola floral for a while until he started his life long career as a Horticulture Therapist at the Osawatomie State Hospital. He worked there for 25 years before having to retire due to his health. During his working life, he was also a DJ with his lifelong friend, Lee Mott. They were known as Dr. Roc and The Hipster. They did many gigs together throughout the years. He also helped with landscaping and flower beds on the side for many people. He was a man with multiple jobs at once throughout the years, but Horticulture and Flowers were his passion.
David was a talented gardener, a music lover, and a collector of many things. He was known as Secret Santa to many. You never knew what surprises you were going to get from him! He loved all of his family, especially his grandchildren. He loved to watch and listen to them play. He was a big kid at heart and loved toys. He was a huge Chiefs fan and had a lucky Chiefs jersey he wore for every game. He was so happy to see them win Superbowl LIV. He loved to fish with his kids, grandkids, and with his “Best Friend” Dewey, and loved the outdoors. He had many close friends that he loved dearly. He was a giving man and would do anything for anyone.
David is survived by his 3 children, Josh Johnson (Rhonda), Christina Claar (Daniel), and Stephanie DeGeest (Kevin), 10 Grandchildren, Dalton, and his wife Brittany, Craig, Griffin, Danny, Scarlet, Haylee, Peyton, Gabby and Chase. He is also survived by 2 brothers, Gib and Jim, 3 sisters, Millie, Diana, and Rosie along with many cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. He had a huge family and held a special place in his heart for every single one of them.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gilbert and Helen, 1 brother, Garry, 2 sisters, Marjorie and Alice, and 1 grandson, Lincoln Johnson.


 A Celebration of Life will be held for David once it is deemed safe to hold gatherings in light of COVID-19. In the meantime, his family is requesting to please send any memories or photos to christina.momof2@yahoo.com​.


  1. Staci Wilson on May 29, 2020 at 12:48 am

    David, I will miss you buddy. I loved the butterfly bush you surprised me with last year….you have always been so giving. No more pain for you, I know you are enjoying the beautiful flowers in Heaven. Until we meet again…love you.

  2. Julie Weaver on May 28, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    I’m so sorry! I knew David through Kelly. I believe he also repaired toys for the First Baptist Church Clothes Closet ministry. Big heart!

  3. Betty Hughes Lawrence on May 27, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    Had a lot of fun playing baseball ,kids in Hillsdale were like family to each other use to go there and play so sorry for your lass prayers are with you

  4. Kendra Brewer on May 27, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    To David’s family… My thoughts are with you all. When I was in high school he would DJ our dances. We always liked when he and Lee would be our DJ’s. Then a couple years later I got the pleasure of getting to work with him in the greenhouses at OSH until he retired. Myself and a few others kept the groups and greenhouses going and he would come back and volunteer with us. He truly loved his job and the patients. Funny story….before his retirement he would leave to do lists in his absence with medical. He wrote “cook dirt” at this point we thought he lost it. One of his client workers said nope we do cook dirt here in the big greenhouse. Apparently that is how you sterilized the recycled dirt. We laughed for a while about this. I learned how do a lot in horticulture because of his knowledge that I still use to this day. Myself and another employee at the time were both single moms of young boys each and he left Santa sacks for both boys on our porches. He had a huge ❤ and was a kind soul.

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