Richard M. "Dick" Johnson

October 2, 1937 - August 1, 2017
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Richard M. “Dick” Johnson, 79, passed away on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 after a brief illness. Dick was born on October 2, 1937 in Hastings, Nebraska, 45 minutes prior to his younger twin brother Bob. His family moved to the Bay Area when he was five years old and he graduated from El Cerrito High School.

Dick loved his work and his family. He began working as a young man for Bay City Excavators in a variety of positions before starting his own company Cal-Neva Excavators in 1983. Dick had a working relationship with Sunset View Cemetery Association of more than 50 years. He graded the land on which the current Mortuary/Cemetery Administration building is built in the early 1960’s and continued building roads, installing storm drains, installing lawn crypt burial vaults, paving parking lots, and many other projects until his death. He touched the hearts and lives of the Sunset View employees he worked with these many years.

He had a keen sense of humor and loved to tell people that he was the only person who had dug his own grave. A compassionate man, Dick was known to lend people money, give you his time, or purchase materials if you needed help on a project. Dick enjoyed classic cars and boats and could be seen driving around El Cerrito in his Red 1940 Ford Coupe or on Lake Tahoe in his 1959 Chris Craft Runabout wooden boat. Mr. Johnson was a member of St. Jerome Catholic Church in El Cerrito.

He is survived by his wife Helen; daughter, Glenda (Tim) Rau; son, Richard (Tyson) A. Johnson; brother, Robert (Jacqueline) Johnson; sister, Sandra Kemp; 10 grandchildren; and 4 great- grandchildren. He was preceded in death by daughters, Sheri Armstrong and Julie Acosta; and sisters, Marilyn Blackwood and Shirley Longacre.

Visitation will be held on Monday, August 7, 2017 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Sunset View Mortuary Chapel with the Rosary at 7 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at St. Jerome Catholic Church with the Committal to follow at Sunset View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made in Dicks name to Oakland Children’s Hospital – Arrangements are by Sunset View Mortuary.

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Visitation Information

Date: Monday, August 7, 2017

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Sunset View Mortuary


101 Colusa Ave, El Cerrito, CA, 94530

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Service Information

Date: Monday, August 7, 2017

Time: 7:00 pm -

Sunset View Mortuary


101 Colusa Ave, El Cerrito, CA, 94530

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Date: Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Time: 10:00 am -

St. Jerome Catholic Church


308 Carmel Avenue, El Cerrito, CA,

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Cemetery Information

Date: Thursday, January 1, 1970

Sunset View Cemetery Association


101 Colusa Avenue, El Cerrito, CA, 94530


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Born: October 2, 1937
Died: August 1, 2017

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Mayra posted on 8/8/17

Going to miss seeing your smile as you walk in and hearing all your stories! Thank you for everything you did for Sunset View, all these years. I'm definitely emotional knowing that we won't hear your kind voice anymore. Lots of hugs always!


Lynn Armstrong posted on 8/7/17

Dick, you had such a big heart and were so wonderful to all the kids in the neighborhood. One of Rachel's favorite memories of her early childhood was getting to ride in your bulldozer! With love, Lynn Armstrong (neighbor on Sea View)


Jackie Fleming Fonken posted on 8/6/17

One of my fun memories is that Dick always gave me credit for him passing chemistry in high school. That always made me laugh. I am so glad I got to see you at Doug and Joan's 60th wedding anniversary party. You were a great, fun guy. May you rest in peace. I will be sending a contribution to the ECHS Archiving Project Scholarship Fund in your memory. My deepest sympathy to your whole family. Jackie Fleming Fonken - "56"


jeanne and Ernie Lageson posted on 8/5/17

Hey dear Dick- we saw you just hours before you left us! You were as great as ever! Smiling and joking ... one of the great guys we have known. You will be missed by many... Rest In Peace with our dear God. Jeanne and Ernie Lageson


Amanda McHone posted on 8/4/17

I will miss him walking into sunset view with a big smile on his face and all of the lovely stories he use to tell me. He had such a good sense of humor.


janice corwin posted on 8/6/17

Dick, you will be missed by your friends and neighbors on Sea View Drive. Janice Corwin