In memory of Fredrick Johnson, born April 29, 1959, died March 20, 2013.
“If you would indeed behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide onto the body of life.” — Kahlil Gibran
Fred enjoyed cooking, music, beer making, winemaking, sports (NFL, MLB and March Madness) reading, fly fishing, hiking, camping and the great outdoors. Fred graduated from Laurel High School as a National Merit Scholar. He had a full-ride scholarship from 3M in engineering at Montana State.
He enjoyed fly fishing too much and proceeded to work in national parks. He lived and worked in Yellowstone and Yosemite National Park and worked as the sommelier of the Ahwahnee Hotel.
With his love of wine, he went back to school and received an enology degree from Fresno State with honors. He later worked as a cellar master, cellar supervisor and cellar rat at several premium Napa and Sonoma wineries. Fred was a server in some of the finest restaurants.
Some of Fred’s favorite places were Lake Tahoe, the Sonoma coastline, Sonora, and numerous California state parks, rivers of Montana and Yellowstone and Yosemite National Park.
Fred is survived by his two sons, Jared Johnson and Eric Johnson, both of Napa. He will be loved and missed by many.
In lieu of flowers, an account for Jared and Eric has been set up at Community First Credit Union, P. O. Box 2370 No. 46053, Napa, CA 94558. Wishing Fred peace and eternal happiness, Sylvia, Jared and Eric.
Service to be held at First United Methodist Church, 625 Randolph St. in Napa on April 20, 2013, at 1 p.m.