Carol Dean Johnson

Carol Dean Johnson, 81, of Ketchikan passed peacefully on December 10, 2021, in the presence of her family from complications due to Parkinson’s disease.


Carol was born on December 31, 1939, to Lucy and Thomas Dean Haws in Westwood, California. The family moved to Ketchikan in August 1955 when her father was hired to work at the Ketchikan Pulp Company.


Carol graduated from Ketchikan High School in 1957. Always known for her kindness and integrity, she was voted “Best Mixer” and “Most likely to succeed” by her classmates. One classmate caught her eye. She married Allen M. Johnson on April 22, 1958. They had two children, Brent and Shannon, and shared a lifetime of love and adventure together.


Carol was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother and enjoyed entertaining family and friends at their home on Pond Reef Road. Their adult children and all six of their granddaughters lived on “the loop” so many a day was spent with Grandma Carol teaching them to sew and bake and hosting slumber parties in the cabin next door. Carol was quick to volunteer and fulfill a need whether as a leader for Girl Scouts or helping to host the Saint John’s Christmas tea. She was a favorite “Mom” to many a childhood friend and neighbor. Her generosity was only matched by her unconditional love for her family and friends.


Carol and Al ran a successful bed and breakfast for many years, with returning guests that quickly became lifelong friends. In their retirement years, they traveled to many destinations, exploring places both near and far. But it was Harrison Hot Springs in British Columbia that Carol most loved to visit. She and Al would visit often, making annual trips and including each of their granddaughters as well.


Carol was employed 18 years as the Maintenance Department Secretary at Ketchikan Pulp Company where she was adored by both the Machine Shop crew and the General Maintenance crews. “No swearing or smoking around Carol” was the rule they lived by. She loved them in return.


Carol was a 47-year member of P.E.O. chapter A and enjoyed her many years as a member of the “Homemaker” and “Red Hat” groups. She was a lifelong member of Saint John’s Episcopal Church. Carol loved her association with the wonderful friends she knew through these organizations and her church family.


Carol was preceded in death by her mother Lucy Haws and father Thomas Dean Haws.


Carol is survived by her beloved husband of 63 years Allen, son Brent (Christy) Johnson, daughter Shannon Dean (Steven) Hofstedt and six granddaughters including Lindsay Dean (Matt) Brown, Whitney (Justin) Rose, Kelsey (Gage) Venable, Lauren (Adam) Bennett, Erica Dean (Ran) Ozan and Vanessa Johnson. She is survived by nine great grandchildren, Braddock and Carter Dean Duckworth, Peyton Dean and Cooper Rose, Brody and Summer Dean Venable, Eli and Abigail Bennett and Rafael Ozan. In addition, she is survived by her sisters Barbara (Richard) Angerman, Mary (Dale) Collins, brother-in-law Greg (Cecelia) Johnson, neices Sarah Campbell, Nadra Angerman, Ava Hay and nephew Rick Collins.


Services will be held at Saint John’s Episcopal Church this summer, date to be announced.