Martha Jane Johnson was born to Alice and Ernest Ingwersen in Denver, CO on July 1, 1921 and died at age 97 in Orofino, Idaho on March 25, 2019. Her family moved to Southgate, CA where she graduated from Compton High School. Marty and her “baby” brother, Bill (“Doc”) Ingwersen had an idyllic life exploring Catalina Island and the Sierra’s of southern California. Marty intended to join the WASPs and even started flying lessons toward that effort but had to abandon that plan due to her mother’s cancer and death.
In the summer of 1944 Marty worked at Sequoia Park where she met a handsome Army Air Corp pilot on leave named Art Johnson who she married on Dec. 23, 1945, the longest night of the year, Art always laughed.
Their first son, William Arthur Johnson, was born near the family home In Southgate.
The family moved to Moscow, ID for Art to complete his Forestry education, where their second son, Ty Ring Johnson, was born. Art signed on with the US Forest Service and Marty signed on as the mom who followed Art around Northern Idaho with move after move-three times in one year. She had fond memories of life in Kingston and Avery before they settled in Orofino.
Art and Marty, along with Ty, built their dream home designed by Ty on Harmony Heights. They roughed it in the log cabin already on the site. Marty loved her home on the hill with deer, elk and turkeys eating the apples and pears from her orchard and watching for the daffodils above the pond in the spring.
She spent the last 2½ years at Brookside Landing in Orofino. Marty was a people gatherer and joiner. She was a Cub Scout Den Mother, member of the PTA, the Clearwater Art Association, Beta Sigma Phi, Red Hat Society, PEO, a founding member of the Dam Foresters, county Fair judge, on the election board, census taker, Miles Avenue Vigilante and several bridge groups.
Marty did not know a stranger and made friends of anyone she met, whether in a restaurant or a check out register.
Marty was an artist, designing and creating stained glass windows and painting landscapes or tooling leatherwork. She spent many years researching family genealogy and printing eight full books of family history. Marty is survived by her son, Ty and wife, Mary, grandson, William and wife Alexis, great-grandchildren Lillian and Christopher, grandson Benjamin and wife Emily and daughter-in-law Eileen and her son, Michael. She was preceded in death by her son, William, her husband, Arthur, grandson, Samuel, brother William Ingwersen.
Marty’s sister-in-law, Darlene, died just three hours after Marty. She is also survived by or preceded in death by MANY life-long forest service, bridge, Miles Avenue friends and her caregiver and friend, Lisa and husband Fran Palazzo, and their family who became a second family to her.
Marty’s family wishes to thank everyone involved in Marty’s long life for their constant and long-term loyalty and good memories.
A small graveside service was held at Forest Cemetery in Coeur d’Alene on March 29, where she rests next to Art and Bill. A family and friends memorial will be held at a later date in Orofino. At the family’s request, please do not send flowers. Instead, pay it forward, buy lunch for a stranger and give them a cheery “Hello”