Donald L. Johnson, 84, of Evanston, Ill., Died on November 1, 2021 from a long illness. Don was born August 14, 1937 to Raymond C. Johnson and Fern Overfield, in Swea City, Iowa. He graduated from Luther College in 1959 and from the University of Iowa Law School in 1962. He met and married his wife, Jo Cochran, in 1961, and had two children, Erik Johnson and Corrine Johnson . From an early age, Don wanted to become a lawyer and practice in Chicago. After 3 years of practice in Milwaukee, he moved his family to Evanston and began a long career in Chicago as a litigator in private practice, with a concentration in legal malpractice. He practiced law in Chicago from 1965 until his retirement in 2016. Don was a force of nature, and during his years as a litigator he was known as a strong advocate for his clients. A lifelong defender of civil rights, he has devoted many hours to voluntary work. His love of law was matched only by his love for his family; his dedication to their well-being and his unwavering love and commitment to his wife, children and grandchildren have been the center of his life. Everyone who knew Don in his later years noticed his joy at being a grandfather and that his grandchildren really brightened his life. Don was also a devoted fisherman; when he was not in a courtroom, he could be found on Old Desert Lake in Vilas County, Wisconsin, or on Chautauqua Lake in New York City, a passion he shared with his children and grandchildren. -children, hoping for an unsuspecting muskellunge and a big catch. Don is survived by his wife Jo, his son Erik Johnson, his daughter Corrine Johnson and his grandchildren, Jack and Hazel. A celebration of his life will be private. Memorial donations can be sent to Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, 33 North Dearborn, Unit 400, Chicago, IL, 60602. Info: donnellanfuneral.com or (847) 675-1990.
Posted by Chicago Tribune on November 21, 2021.