Lucas Edwin Johnson
Feb. 7, 1999 – Dec. 6, 2019
Lucas Edwin Johnson, 20, of Minot, North Dakota passed away Friday, December 6th, 2019 at Trinity Medical Center in Minot, ND. The legend (aka Lucas) was born on February 7th, 1999 at Trinity Hospital to his mom, Sherri Johnson. He was raised by his grandparents, Terry and Donna Johnson, in Rolette, North Dakota where he attended school from kindergarten to high school graduation in 2017. While in school, Lucas was an avid sports player, participating in football, basketball, and baseball. The epitome of a perfect teammate, Lucas would encourage his team to work their hardest and would always be there for
support. One of his proudest moments was when the North Prairie Cougars received runner-up in state football, a moment he would cherish and relive while watching the game repeatedly at home.
After high school, Lucas attended Valley City State University, then transferring to Turtle Mountain Community College to pursue a degree in personal training and to be closer to home. In the summer of 2018, Lucas spent his summer at Camp Metigoshe as a counselor to young children, making endless memories and friends.
In October 2018, he underwent an open-heart surgery to correct an aortic dissection. After several months of rehabilitation, Lucas and his brother, Shawn, made the decision to move to Minot. Living in Minot was an adventure for him and a great life experience with his brother. During the time that he lived there, he went bowling and went to movies weekly with Lacey and Shawn.
Lucas had an undeniable love for sports, between watching the Baltimore Ravens and the Golden State Warriors, playing NBA 2k and poker with his friends, or coaching his brothers, Austin, Braydon, and Mason, in basketball, he was always surrounded by sports. He also loved his family and friends with every ounce of his soul. He was always his grandpa’s little buddy, until he got older and grew taller, then grandpa became his little buddy. His grandma will always be his biggest supporter and best friend of them all. They were with him every step of the way and Lucas couldn’t be more grateful for them.
One of Lucas’s greatest assets was his big heart, lending a helping hand or advice when anyone was feeling down. He knew how to make everyone laugh, even when they really had no desire to, and wasn’t afraid to get up in front of a crowd and dance, just so he could make everyone smile. No matter what, he always tried to look at the positives in life, even when it didn’t seem like there were many at times. Lucas was the greatest son, brother, nephew, friend, and teammate anyone could ever ask for.
Survived by: grandparents, Terry and Donna Johnson (Mom and Dad), mother Sherri (Jason) Matula; sisters, Dawn LaVallie (Trace Armstrong), Lacey Matula, Brittany Ortiz; brothers, Shawn LaVallie, Donald Matula, Austin Ortiz, Braydon Ortiz, Mason Ortiz; great grandmother, Delores Johnson; uncles, Craig (Lorna) Johnson, Jeff Johnson; aunt, Terri (Mark) Erickson; cousins, Alex Thomas, Cassie Hietala, Shelby Johnson, Breanna Johnson, Brantley Erickson, Kannon Erickson; several special brothers.
Proceeded in death by: Albin Johnson (great grandfather), Mabel and Donald Martin (great grandparents), Coco (his beloved companion)
Memorial services were held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 12 in the Rolette School Gymnasium with burial in the Rolette Community Cemetery. Rev. James Odden and Rev. Gene Wilson, Officiating.
Music by: Metigoshe Singers
Casket bearers: Jake Boucher, Tucker Boucher, Gabe Leonard, Casey Julson, Evan Tumey & Jalen Pfeifer
Arrangements with the Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby. Online registry: www.funeralsbyanderson.com
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