Born in Oakland, California, June 10, 1941, son of Rev. and Mrs. Wallace Johnson. Grew up in Beresford, S.D. Graduated from Oak Lawn, Illinois High School and the University of Illinois Institute of Aviation. Earned B.S. and Masters of Forestry from University of Michigan. Doctoral studies and research in tree growth. Married Patricia Joslyn in 1965. Three children: Eric, Andrew and Annika. Served with U.S. Peace Corps in Ghana. Taught forestry at University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and the Ghana Forest Ranger School. Presently a dairy and Christmas tree farmer. Member: Society of American Foresters and Iowa Christmas Tree Growers Association. Board member Winneshiek County 4-H Foundation. On diaconate, Decorah Congregational, United Church of Christ. First term.