Very sad news to report from Lake Havasu, where the PB team is testing boats this week. Our photographer and dear friend, Dennis Johnson, passed away during a pre-test meeting after dinner last night. Although this was technically his first test event with us, Dennis's amazing work has been featured in our magazine for the last couple of years. He shot, among other things, NJBA races, the V-Drive Regatta and the Tom Papp Memorial event. Dennis, who was introduced to us by his good friend, PB test team driver and regular columnist Jim Wilkes, was a hard worker and a remarkable talent. He and I spent Sunday together taking photos of boats at the Crazy Horse campgrounds; only a few hours later, he was gone.
Please join me in paying tribute to a very cool guy. His contributions to our magazine and to PB.com were deeply appreciated and always extremely professional. To say he will be missed would be an understatement.
Thank you to all of you who have expressed your thoughts and prayers. If ever you could tell someone your dad died doing what he loved...I can. With every trip to a boating event he gleamed with joy. He loved the smell, the sights, the atmosphere and mostly the people. He was a very social man and loved being around people and serving others. He loved talking shop and sharing photo with all of you. He would spend days sorting and cropping and enhancing to get just the right color. He would brag when he caught the reflection of the mountain on the other side of a boat from under it when it bounced at 120mph. Or when he was in the right spot for a spectacular motor fire.
On Sunday at approximately 8:15pm Dennis had just finished dinner with the PBM team and had stepped outside for some fresh air. He came back into the restaurant a few minutes later complaining of shortness of breath. Shortly there after he collapsed. CPR was started and paramedics were called. Even after all of the valiant efforts from the by-standers, paramedics, and hospital staff he never recovered. It appears that he suffered from a heart attack. He is survived by his mom Joy, father Al, wife Shelly, son Chris, daughter Wendy, son Sam, Grandchildren Emily, Corey, and Matthew, sisters Colleen and Kathy. Please pray for us all.
chris sorry for your's and your family's lost , your dad did amazing shots with the camra
I hope you don't mine, But I had stickers made up for dad and will be passing them out at this weekend boat races ( njba ) with donation's going to your family to help out in anyway. please contact me when you are ready. bob fry 714 615-0644
Bob, your generosity is inexplicable. He would be honored to take a ride through NJBA in your thoughts and definitely on some of the supercharged iron that adorns the pits. I would love to discuss some details with you and will contact you soon.