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Richard Johnson spacee Richard Johnson

Richard "Dick" Johnson of Tiburon died April 17 after a battle with malignant melanoma. He was 71.

Mr. Johnson was born in Oak Park, Ill., to parents Ralph and Eleanor Johnson. He graduated from Evanston Township High School in 1960 and went on to earn a bachelor's degree from Stanford University in 1964 and a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1967.

After law school, he moved to San Francisco to clerk for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He worked as a lawyer at Feldman, Waldman & Kline for five years before joining Warren Saltzman's practice in 1974, specializing in employee benefits law. He became managing partner in Saltzman & Johnson in 1988.

In 1972, he married Andrea Louie. They moved to Tiburon in 1976 and raised three children here.

"He was a kind and beloved man," said his son, Gregory Johnson of Los Angeles. He loved golf and travel and was proud to have visited all 50 states and five of the seven continents. He was a Bay Area sports fan and longtime Stanford Cardinal football season-ticket holder.

He had served on the board of the Embarcadero YMCA, and later as a volunteer on the Tamalpais Union High School District Bond Oversight Committee. He coached his children's Little League and CYO basketball teams and started the girls softball division in Tiburon.

The Johnsons were members of the Tiburon Peninsula Club.

Mr. Johnson had many lifelong friends, including people from his days growing up on the Evanston "back lot."

In addition to son Gregory and wife Andrea, Mr. Johnson is survived by two daughters, Kimberly Marar of San Francisco and Stephanie Johnson of Tiburon; his mother, Eleanor Johnson of Evanston, Ill.; and a brother, Steve Johnson of Cummings, Ga. His sister Virginia predeceased him.

A service will be held at 2 p.m. April 24 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 240 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon.

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