James Dale Johnson, age 33, died October 22, 2020 in Otsego. A PRIVATE Memorial Service will be held. The service will be livestreamed.
The webcast will be up for 75 days.
James Dale Johnson was born May 4, 1987 in Coon Rapids to Rick and Caren (Carlson) Johnson. He was raised in Isanti. His family moved to Princeton and he graduated from Princeton High School in 2005. He married Ashley (Thaemert) on March 22, 2013. Jim was employed by O’Reilly Auto parts.
He loved auto racing, whether it was a bike, go-kart or his truck down the road. He was very involved with ERX in Elk River racing in the Beater-X class. Jim’s black Jeep was a staple at the track and if you saw it there you would know you were in for one hell of a heat. When Jim was on the track, elbow hanging out the window he “was just chilling here like a duck on the pond”
Jim always went out of his way to make others feel welcome and would always be more than willing to give anyone the shirt off his back no matter the situation. He would grab a wrench or hammer, and do whatever was needed to get back out on the track or to get the snowblower going so he wouldn’t have to shovel.
Jim was dedicated to racing but his daughter Lexi was Jim’s true love and what drove him on and off the track.
A part of him will live in all of us even if you just met him for buying car parts he touched everyone. He was one of a kind.
“Always remember it’s all in how you take the corner” #00
Jim is survived by his wife, Ashley; daughter, Lexi; mother, Caren (Frank); father, Rick (Deb); 3 siblings, Steve (Annie) Johnson, Amy Cox and kids, Liam and Brantley, Joe (Dede) Johnson and kids, Melanie and Audrina; and by many other relatives and friends.