Remembrances of Huey Johnson

Remembrances of Huey Johnson


  • Eric Mills, coordinator, ACTION FOR ANIMALS on Remembrances of Huey Johnson: “Here’s a favorite memory: The CA State Fish & Game Commission has received more than 3,000 letters in support of…September 8, 2021
  • Steve Steinhour on Remembrances of Huey Johnson: “Comments at Huey’s Memorial Service on August 14, 2020 by Steve S. Dear friends, knowing how close to Huey so…September 3, 2020
  • Tom Hicks on Remembrances of Huey Johnson: “An honor to have met Huey D. Johnson through an introduction from Bill Hutton on a conversation at Ft. Mason…August 25, 2020
  • Patty Schifferle on Remembrances of Huey Johnson: “Dear Jill, Tyler, Miles, Bay, Megan and Sue: If it was a normal time, we would all gather and toast…August 18, 2020
  • Conner Everts on Remembrances of Huey Johnson: “If you haven’t watched the memorial it is well worth it, well done and touching speakers from family to old…August 15, 2020
  • Dirk Rosen on Remembrances of Huey Johnson: “Having founded TPL, I don’t know how Huey had the bandwidth to indoctrinate a young kid like me with environmental…August 11, 2020
  • James LeCuyer on Remembrances of Huey Johnson: “I’d known Huey for a couple of weeks, mostly from a talk he gave at the Blue Rock Inn for…July 31, 2020
  • Jeanne Wetzel Chinn on Remembrances of Huey Johnson: “Huey was my boss from 2003-07, my mentor, and friend. His vision, compassion, direct forward momentum, honesty, and depthful questioning…July 26, 2020
  • mark on Remembrances of Huey Johnson: “Dear Sue, Megan, Tyler & Jill, I trust you are all slowly healing after such a poignant loss… For me,…July 24, 2020
  • San Francisco Zen Center on Remembrances of Huey Johnson: “San Francisco Zen Center, Marin County and, indeed, anyone concerned about the environment, lost a great friend and benefactor with…July 23, 2020
  • Jodie Evans on Remembrances of Huey Johnson: “I remember the day Jerry popped the Question, well if you have all the answers (or some such quip) come…July 23, 2020
  • Earle W. Cummings on Remembrances of Huey Johnson: “I began a career in natural resources at California Department of Fish and Game, working in the wildlife investigations lab…July 21, 2020
  • Geni Beckham on Remembrances of Huey Johnson: “I just want to say that my Uncle Huey was a great man and a great steward for the planet.…July 21, 2020
  • Ray Murray on Remembrances of Huey Johnson: “A colleague forwarded Huey’s obituary to me early this week and I was deeply moved. I first engaged with Huey…July 17, 2020
  • Phil Greenberg on Remembrances of Huey Johnson: “In late 1977 Governor Jerry Brown convinced Huey to accept an appointment as his Secretary For Resources for the State…July 17, 2020

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  1. Conner Everts

    If you haven’t watched the memorial it is well worth it, well done and touching speakers from family to old friends. I shared in the chat from the Zoom memorial getting lost while looking for wild boar episode, which Huey has warned me he might stop anytime he saw good boar habitat.

    But the best part of the fishing trip to the Farallones in the deep fog was Huey insisted on me taking a salmon home with me and packed it with ice in an old cooler, on my way back to Southern California by plane. The cooler was leaking by Berkeley and I thought of a Brazilian friend, who was friends with Huey’s family and dropped it off for her to have a party with a fresh salmon. Everything with Huey seemed to connect to another.

    Huey’s generosity and graciousness mixed well with his sense of adventure. That very early morning run out from the golden gate included 3 grizzled older fishermen, me included, and one rank amateur who has something to do with solar energy and , of course, he hooked the biggest salmon of the day. Despite some guidance he snapped the rod, part of rigs that Huey provided. Huey just handed over his own rig and said keep fishing, as we discussed environmental issues on the open Boston Whaler, which Huey had positioned us right on top of the fish.

    As I grow older some memories are more distinct, like those of times with Huey, from the debut of his new Water Atlas at the Sacramento Library where I brought friends on my birthday and Huey deflected complaints by an earnest staffer from the SWRCB to Huey needing a ride to the airport in Portland after a Western Governors mtg. I was on a limited budget and was going to take the bus but gladly said sure and we got in a cab for a memorial discussion well worth the price.

    Huey was one of a kind but I was a generation behind him and others I got to meet and work with were giants with from David Brower to my mentors Carla Bard and Dorothy Green. It is the end of an era as they have passed but a reminder to start organizations and step back to let others step up and always involve others especially the next generations and with greater diversity, as Huey did.

    But only Huey invited me to fish from step ladders fro Paiute trout from stepladders, fly fishing on lake Pyramid in Nevada. We never got their together on that one but it is important not just to fight for nature but to love it and experience it in whatever form you do, as Huey did so often while sharing with others.

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