Lorraine Johnson | Passages

Lorraine was born to Adolph and Dorothy Swenson of Vinland, Wash., on land that was homesteaded by her grandparents. After graduating from North Kitsap High School in 1942, she worked at PSNS for two years. In 1944, she married Don Spurling. In 1947, they moved to California. From 1952 to 1972, they owned a turkey ranch. a full-service gas station and a Western Auto store. They later traveled by RV across America and Mexico.

Don died in 1974 and she moved back to Poulsbo. In 1978, she married Jim Johnson. They enjoyed cruising on their boat around the Northwest, and trips to Norway and Alaska. Jim died in 1996.

She volunteered at Fishline and at Martha & Mary for 21 years. She was a member of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe. Her parents, sister Maxine Jensen, and brother Gary Swenson preceded her in death.

She is survived by her sons, Steve Spurling and Ken Johnson; daughters, Pam Farland, Donna Spurling and Nancy Austin; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  She loved helping people and never asked for anything in return or had a bad word to say about anyone. She touched so many lives and will be greatly missed.

There will be a graveside service at the family plot in August. For more information, contact Steve at

— Family of Lorraine Johnson


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