Darren Johnson

Passed: April 14, 2023


Darren Paul Johnson, 53, of Goodyear, Arizona passed away on April 14, 2023. Daren was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts on September 24, 1969 to Paul and Judy Johnson of Goodyear, Arizona.

Darren graduated from North Reading High School in North Reading, Massachusetts with the class of 1988 where he lettered in Golf and Hockey. He received the most valuable player award for golf in his senior year. He always played right-handed as a lefty.

Darren attended Essex Agriculture School in Danvers, Massachusetts before becoming the Golf Course Superintendent at Cedar Glenn Golf Club in Saugus, Massachusetts for 10 years. He moved to Goodyear, Arizona in 2006 and worked for 12 years as the Golf Course Superintendent at Eagles Nest Golf Club in Pebble Creek under the director of Golf Operations Paul McGinnis, past president of the Golf Course Superintendent’s Association of America.

Darren was a member of the Golf Course Superintendent’s Association of New England and the Cactus and Pines Golf Course Superintendent’s Association of Arizona.

He was an avid sports fan and followed every move his beloved Boston Bruins hockey team made. He was so happy with their record this year.

He is survived by his parents Paul and Judy Johnson, his brother Michael, wife Lisa, niece Kaia and nephew Bradley of Topsfield, Massachusetts, his aunt, uncle, and many cousins along with friends and buddies on the North Shore area of Massachusetts.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date in Massachusetts.

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4 responses to Darren Johnson

  1. Mark Casey says:

    Paul, Judy & Michael;

    My sincerest condolences learning of the passing of Darren just this morning. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers and may the angels of heaven comfort all of you at this challenging time. God Bless.

    Mark Casey
    Andover MA

  2. jean e pike says:

    i am so sorry paul and judy going to miss my buddy and him calling me rest in peace darren

  3. RIP Darren. You will always be in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Paul, Judy and Michael,

    My sincerest condolences to you over Darren‘s passing.

    Lance recently shared with me the news about Darren‘s passing and needless to say, I was shocked.

    I have fond memories of growing up with him and riding our motorcycles all over the maintenance roads at the country club.

    Now, as a father myself, I fully appreciate the patience you had with us Mr. Johnson. You gave us so many passes after our questionable behaviors and I truly thank you for your generosity and even temperament.

    Although our paths after high school took us different ways and we lost touch, I will always hold a fondness in my heart for Darren.

    I hope you knowing that he meant something to me and to others brings you some comfort in this understandably difficult time.


    Robin Downs

    Cambridge, MA

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