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Scott Johnson

Scott Johnson

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ANKENY, Iowa -- Scott Arthur Johnson, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 2004, of complications from a head injury from an accidental fall at his home in Ankeny on Aug. 21. Scott, the son of Warren Arthur Johnson and E. Vea (England) Johnson, was born Jan. 20, 1953, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He graduated from Davenport Central High School in 1971. Scott studied Electrical Engineering at Iowa State University at Ames and graduated with his Bachelor of General Studies Degree from the University of Iowa in Iowa City in 1977, with an emphasis in geography and urban planning. In college, Scott became an environmental activist and formed The Citizens for Ralston Creek Action Committee, which lead to improvements along the Ralston Creek flood plain. This was the grassroots beginning of what today has become The Iowa Citizens for Action Network. In his college years, Scott presented a position paper to the Iowa State Legislature regarding the protection of tenants' rights. This lead to the eventual passing of the Iowa Tenant/Landlord Act, which is still viable today. Upon graduation, Scott chose to work in the construction trades. Working along side Amish carpenters for Roffman Construction in Iowa City, he learned many of the old building and restoration techniques. Scott later formed River City Builders doing home remodeling. He became a member of the Iowa City Local Carpenters Union where he gained experience in commercial and highrise concrete construction, and worked on projects such as the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics multi-story additions. In 1987 Scott accepted a position as Planning Coordinator in the Community Development Department for the City of Muscatine. He worked on many community development programs, including neighborhood redevelopment, housing quality inspections, first-time home ownership, flood relief grant administration, real estate, historic preservation, economic development, and procurement of federal funding for major reconstruction of the Muscatine Municipal Airport. His favorite project for the City was the establishment of 17 municipal softball fields. He was co-founder of Muscatine Branching Out, a volunteer organization for tree planting projects on municipal as well as residential properties. Scott accepted a position with the Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) as Facilities Engineer in April of 2000 and moved to the Des Moines area. During his time at IFA, Scott developed and implemented construction and energy standards for their affordable housing programs, including single family and multi-family structures. Scott was well known across the state for his expertise in construction standards. Many of these standards have since been adopted by other states. Assisting in the development and maintenance of affordable housing was Scott's life mission. He was dedicated to serving low income Iowans by ensuring they had decent, safe and sanitary residences. Scott was past president of the Iowa Chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO). He had been an active member of this professional and educational organization since 1987. He was committed to issues that affected the broad membership of the organization and shared his expertise in educational and professional development to its members. Scott married Linda A. Johnson-Lundquist, of Iowa City, on Sept. 26, 1981. They were foster parents and had three foster daughters. They have three foster grandchildren. Linda and Scott built their new home in Ankeny one year ago. He is survived by his wife, both of his parents, and his four sisters, Sandra Johnson Tatge of Des Moines, Lynn Johnson Smith of Canton, Ohio, Susan Johnson Posner of Geneva, Ill., and Julia Johnson Ryan of Minneapolis, Minn. Scott had registered for the Iowa Donor Registry on June 6, 2002, in preparation for the state law that went into effect on July 1, 2002, which allowed first person consent for people to designate their wishes of donation. He was the first person on the Iowa Registry that became available for organ donation. He was also able to provide the gift of sight through eye donation with the Iowa Lions Eye Bank. The family will greet friends today from 3 to 6 p.m. at Dunn's Funeral Home, 2121 Grand Ave., Des Moines, with special sharing of memories from 5 to 6 p.m. Another celebration of Scott's life will be held at the Lensing Funeral Home, 605 Kirkwood Ave., Iowa City, on Sunday, Aug. 29, from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral Services will be held on Monday at 10 a.m. at the Congregational United Church of Christ, 30 N. Clinton Street, Iowa City, with internment in the family plot at Memory Gardens Cemetery, 2600 Muscatine Ave., Iowa City. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Iowa Donor Network [1-800-831-4131] for donor family support services such as memorial services, tree planting and grief referral; or to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation Endowment Fund for protection of Iowa's natural resources [515-288-1846].

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