E. Marvin (Marv) Johnson | Obituary

E. Marvin (Marv) Johnson | Obituary

Long time Federal Way Elementary School Principal, E. Marvin (Marv) Johnson died peacefully on August 16th.

He was born to Evald and Hanna Johnson, Norwegian

immigrants, in Tacoma on November 18, 1924, the youngest

of eight children. He graduated from Stadium High School in

1942 and served in the United States Navy achieving Airman

2nd Class, from 1942-1946. He attended Pacific Lutheran

College on the G.I. Bill, where he met the love of his life,

Virginia Isvick. They married on August 21, 1948 and were as

in love throughout their 67-year marriage as the first day they

met. After graduating from PLC in 1950, Marv began his long

and distinguished career as an educator. He taught at Fife and

Milton Elementary Schools from 1950-1966. In 1966 he served

as Principal and Lead Teacher at the newly opened Mountain View School and later was

Principal at Edgemont School. In 1968 he moved to the Federal Way School District where

he served as Principal of Steel Lake, Star Lake and Lake Dolloff Schools until his retirement

in 1983. Following his retirement, he served as an interim Principal in the Sumner School

District and as an Adjunct Professor of Education for Eastern Washington University. He was

a long-time member of Mountain View Lutheran Church in Edgewood. He is preceded in

death by his wife Virginia. He is survived by his five children, Scott Johnson (Claudia), Marti

Jensen, Sharman Keely (Skip), Marshall Johnson (Shawn Shere), and James Johnson (Jennifer

Katz); eight grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. Bonney Watson in Federal Way is

handling the arrangements. Please sign the online guestbook at bonneywatson.com/obituaries.

A celebration of his life will be held at Mountain View Lutheran Church. The date and time

will be determined when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.. His cremated remains will be

placed with his wife, Virginia, at Tahoma National Cemetery.

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