Forrest Reginald Johnson
To plant a seed in one’s heart…to root it in love…
To nourish it with time spent together…
Yields a blossom that will flourish forever.
Forrest Reginald Johnson was born on November 15, 1961, in Aurora, Colorado a “bundle of joy” to his parents, Lester A. Johnson and Reba A. Bradford Johnson. He grew up surrounded by the love of his parents, and cousins with whom, he loved to play childhood games, football, and basketball. He also loved to cook and often baked cookies for his family.
Forrest attended Hallett Elementary in Denver. While in elementary school, he was chosen to play the “Tin Man” in a school play. He surprised his parents, with a great voice by singing the “Tin Man” song in the play. He attended Aurora Middle School, where he started playing the Saxophone. His love and interest in music led his parents to follow the recommendation of his Aunt Stine and Uncle James to join the Denver Junior Police Band, in doing so, he had an opportunity to lead the band in a parade during a trip to California. Forrest graduated from Gateway High School in Aurora.
Following, high school, Forrest worked for various restaurant in the area where he perfected his culinary talents serving different menu preferences. He really loved to cook. He worked diligently until his health began to decline. He continued working parttime until he had to retire permanently Even in retirement, he would cook different dishes just to see how they tasted and would call his mom to taste what he had prepared. The two of them had a mutual understanding. The kitchen was his and the dishes were hers.
On June 22, 2023, the Lord called Forrest Reginald Johnson home. Those left to cherish his memory include his parents, Lester and Reba Johnson; two (2), Ernestine (James) white of Denver, Colorado, and Faye Bradford of Dallas, Texas; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, special childhood friends, Larry Chinn, Sharon Boggess, Vicki Britton; and other relatives and friends.