Robin Johnson

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Robin Johnson

Robert “Robin” W. Johnson, beloved father, grandfather, brother, and friend passed away on Sunday, April 28th 2019, surrounded by loved ones after a year-long battle with cancer. Robin was born on October 1st, 1942, in Sheridan, Wyoming to Torrey Benton and Adrienne Marie Johnson (Henderson). Robin was descended from early pioneers of Big Horn, Willys Bradford Spear, Jane Wood Spear, Elder George Benton and his wife Hannah. His great grandfather, Willis Moses Spear, was an early cattle baron in southeastern Wyoming and southeastern Montana. His grandmother, Jessamine Spear Johnson and her sister Elsa Spear Byron are well known early photographers of the area. With his older sister Sandra (Smith) and their younger siblings, Jolly (Tyler), Phillip, and Tempe (Javitz) he grew up on the Spear O Ranch in Kirby, Montana, then attended high school in Sheridan.
He graduated from Sheridan High School in 1960, where he participated in football and the rodeo team. Robin attended the University of Montana in Missoula where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and a proud member of the rodeo team. He graduated in 1964 with a degree in History and Political Science. He enlisted in the US Marine Corp the summer of 1966, and completed officer candidate school (OCS) at Quantico Marine Corps Base. His dream was to become a jet pilot, but his not perfect eye sight kept him from obtaining those wings.
Robin’s love of flying started at a young age on the Spear O, while learning the ranching lifestyle and carrying on the family traditions of flying, singing, guitar playing, and cowboy’ing. Over the next 60+ years he spent countless hours flying planes for pleasure, to check cattle, crop dusting, transporting PRCA circuit cowboys to rodeos, and buying and selling small aircraft throughout North America.
Robin married his beloved wife Kate in the fall of 1971. They spent the first 10 years of married life running the Lazy E-4 Cattle Company on Horse Prairie, near Dillon, Mont. They welcomed their first child, Brody, in the summer of 1972. In the next four-and-a-half years, they added four more to the clan: Adrienne (Addy), Therese, Merritt and Benton. For the past twenty plus years Robin has resided in Billings. Kate pre-deceased him in 2012. His friends have said “he knew no stranger, he was genuine and loyal, and was always the life of the party.”