Welcome to the glorious life story of a magnanimous man named, Brian Allen Johnson. He was born July 28, 1966 to Benjamin Allen and Mary Johnson, who both proceeded him in death. He would come to be affectionately known as “Bear” to his friends.
His brilliant mind became evident as a student at Foster Park Elementary School where he skipped a grade due to his scholastic aptitude. He tested into one of the best schools in Chicago, Lindblom Technical High School. He enjoyed playing and watching multiple sports however, he was a member of the Lindblom Eagles baseball team.
Upon graduating high school, he joined his brother Darrell at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where the infamous stories are endless. “If You Know You Know”! Brian obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. Of course, the academic excellence didn’t stop there as he obtained a Master’s degree from DeVry University.
Throughout his high school journey, he worked in the hospitality industry at the Executive Plaza alongside his mother. He subsequently went on to be a Director at the Ten West hotel. Later, he joined ADT as a sales representative, where he received a 15-year Certificate of Appreciation.
This story would not be complete without his pride and joy, his baby girl, Brianna, born to him and Lysaundra. He was also a loving, charismatic, boisterous, and hilarious sibling, uncle, cousin and friend.
There is a huge void left in the heart of his many friends, such as his band of brothers; Stephen (Peewee), Steve, Barak (Buck), Marcel, Brian (Ice), Ken and much more. One special character in his life story is his first best friend, Derrick “Fly” Hale.
On March 25th, 2022, Brian reached the conclusion of his physical earth-bound story. He will forever be a part of us. If you were lucky enough to have known him, you feel the massive void left in your heart, from this one-of-a-kind “larger than life” soul. His imprint and legacy will supersede his life on this Earth. As he entered the gates of Heaven, he was greeted with open arms by his parents, Big Brother Eric “Cookie,” Uncle Gregory and his grandparents.
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