April 20, 1996 – April 6, 2021
Benjamin “Benny” Brent Johnson, of Las Vegas, died on April 6th, 2021, just 2 weeks shy of his 25th birthday.
Benny was the beloved son of Benjamin B. and Tammi J. (Rasmussen) Johnson; brother and close confidante of Anjelica (Jeff) Smith, Maddox Johnson, and Kennedi Johnson, of Las Vegas, and Adrienne (Zack) McQuade, of Traveler’s Rest, South Carolina; and adored uncle of Ezra McQuade. Benny is also survived by his loving grandparents, Brent and Darlene Johnson, of St. George, UT, and James and Linda Rasmussen, of Oshkosh, WI; his aunts and uncles: Matthew Johnson and Sarah Johnson, of Las Vegas, NV, and Jodi (Tom) Rucinski and Matthew Rasmussen, of Oshkosh, WI. Family was important to Benny, including his cousins Sammie & Layla Gibson, Angel Rasmussen, and Jemiah, Gabriel, Cameron, and Madison Rucinski, and close family friend, “Uncle” Mike Bearwald.
Benny was preceded in death by his father’s favorite uncle (and best friend), Kenneth “Kenny” Campbell, and his mom’s aunt and uncles, Brenda Sippl, Joseph Sippl, Ronald Rasmussen, and Noel Rasmussen.
Benny graduated from Northwest Career and Technical College in 2014, where he’d studied Video Productions. After graduation, Benny spent a couple of years working for Securitas Security Services as a security guard on the Las Vegas Strip, where he enjoyed meeting people from all over the world. Benny later went on to work for Citywide Towing, where he loved working with his boss and mentor, Bobby Segura. When the pandemic hit, Benny’s job was deemed “non-essential;” therefore, rather than accepting the unemployment compensation to which he was entitled, Benny jumped at the opportunity to be able to both continue working and help out his friend, who had been left short-handed by a former employee at City Wide Pool Service. Benny was an incredibly hard-worker, who always strived to do his very best and to help out in any way possible.
Benny truly loved his family, and he rarely missed an opportunity to spend time with any of them. He loved to play video games, watch movies, and talk endlessly about topics ranging from the military and world history, to “superheroes” with his brother, Maddox; enjoyed hiking, especially with his sister, Adrienne; and he could often be found in his parents’ backyard, swimming or shooting baskets with his “baby” sister, Kennedi. He loved watching Packers’ games with his mom, and talking, hanging out, and going to concerts with his sister, Anjie, and brother-in-law, Jeff. Benny very much looked up to his dad and his grandparents, and he always strived to be the best man he could be, in order to make them proud. During the past year, Benny committed to tending to the pool of a close family friend, who had recently become paralyzed, and he further helped by taking the elderly parents of that family friend to the grocery store when needed. He was the kind of person who, even at 24 years old, still called his mom whenever he was out shopping, to see if there was anything he could pick up for her; once coached a preschool soccer team on which his little sister was playing; accompanied his little sister to a “daddy-daughter dance,” when their dad was out of town; never missed a chance to attend the birthday celebration of a sibling or parent; and who rarely turned down a friend, who needed help any kind of assistance (even if that meant moving heavy furniture).
Benny loved each of his friends, as if they, too, were his family, as evidenced by how many of Benny’s friends who admitted that they had felt that Benny was one of their “best” friends. This was because Benny was so good at making everyone he knew feel valued, special, and important.
Benny loved working out, power lifting, and going out for a run. But, for the past couple of years, there was nothing Benny enjoyed more than training with his coaches and peers at 9th Isle Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, LLC, as he often quipped, “The MAT is my Happy Place”!
Benny was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, where his funeral was held on April 17th, 2021.
The family of Benjamin “Benny” Johnson would like to give special thanks to all who helped us during this most difficult time of our lives, especially Bishop Michael Kirk and the Copper Crest Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; Simple Cremation; Smith’s Food and Drug at Charleston Blvd. & Hualapai (Store #347), where Benny’s sister, Anjelica works, for voluntarily catering the food for the funeral, as well as for the flowers and the love, kindness, and grace they have extended our daughter; Chief US Probation Officer Chad Boardman and The United States Probation Office for the District of NV, where Benny’s dad has worked for the past 30 years, for their love, compassion, and generosity, and for making sure we had meals during those first most challenging weeks following our loss; “Benji’s” coaches and peers at 9th Isle Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, for their heartfelt kindness and generosity, and for loving our son and accepting him as one of their ohana; and Bonnie Brown, Sarah Andrulis, Brooklyn Kneip, Rudy Lara, and Tracy & Kari Eliason, friends of Benny’s parents, without whom his parents don’t know how they’d have gotten thru the days thus far.