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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

David L. Johnson, 72, of Smethport, PA.

David L. Johnson

David L. Johnson, 72, of Smethport, passed away on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at the Olean General Hospital, Olean, NY.

He was born on March 14, 1949 in Bradford, a son of the late Kenneth and Charlotte Fern Johnson.

He was a 1967 graduate of the Smethport High School.  He attended Fresno State University, Fresno, CA; Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA and George Washington University, Washington, D.C.; where he earned degrees in Journalism, Political Science and Anthropology.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1968 until his honorable discharge in 1971 as a Military Intelligence Coordinator in Washington, D.C.

He employed as a chef for the Lakeview Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Smethport for 22 years.  Prior to that he was a chef at the Black Angus Restaurant in Santa Barbara, CA.
U.S. Army Veteran

He was a member of the American Legion, Veteran’s for Peace, the Democratic National Committee, and the “Planet Smethport” website; where he was a contributor for a large amount of Clermont history.  He was also a lifetime member of the Tri-County Fireman’s Association.  While spending time with his family and friends he loved sharing stories of his time in California.

He is survived by one son, Chad (Ashley) Bell of Kane; two brothers, Dan (Shelby) Johnson and Bob Johnson of Driftwood; two sisters, Bonnie Kiser of Manassas, VA and Tina (Leon) Diehl of Nesquehoning; three grandchildren, Kianna, Carson and Kamryn and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by two sisters, Marlene and Gloria.

At his request there will be no visitation.  A private celebration of his life will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions in his memory can be made to the Development and Donor Relations Department, Shriners Hospitals for Children—Erie, 1645 West 8th St., Erie, PA  16505 or Veterans For Peace at (

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc. 

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