NLJ Staff


July 8, 1976–Sept. 20, 2019 

Chad Johnson passed away Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wyo., surrounded by his family.

Chad was born Thursday, July 8, 1976, in Newcastle, Wyo., the son of Robert Dean and Tammy Lee (Richards) Johnson.

Chad was reared and educated in Newcastle and graduated from Newcastle High School in 1994. He then went on to attend Black Hills State in Spearfish, S.D., where he earned his education degree in music for grades kindergarten through 12th grade. He met Jayme Bunney in college and they were married July 26, 2002, in Belle Fourche, S.D., and to this union two children were born, Kinley and Christian.

They moved to Craig, Colo., for Chad’s first teaching job for three years before moving to Douglas, Wyo. Chad taught music in elementary schools before he got the job as the assistant principal for Douglas Middle School. This school year Chad was named the principal for Douglas Middle School. Chad coached middle school and high school wrestling, was the assistant cross country coach, and was head of the Douglas Wrestling Club. He loved to coach his children in all their sports.  

Some of his hobbies included hunting, fishing, loved all sports, and was a big fan of the Denver Broncos. Chad finally got to hunt for a bull elk this last year and on the very last day of archery season Chad got a bull elk.  

Chad is survived by his wife, Jayme Johnson of Douglas; children, Kinley and Christian Johnson of Douglas; parents, Dean and Tammy Johnson of Newcastle; brothers, Scott (Kelsey) Johnson of Newcastle and Mitch (Trina) Johnson of Douglas; maternal grandmother, Mildred Tabor of Las Cruces, N.M.; mother and father-in-law, Jim and Bev Bunney of Spearfish; brother-in-law, Josh (Sarah) Bunney of Spearfish; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Justin and Joshua Johnson; grandparents, Gordon and Jean Johnson; grandfather, Thomas Richards; step-grandfather, Ray Streets; step-grandfather, Jack Tabor; cousin, Ssgt. Brian Bland; and uncle, Garry Johnson.     

Serving as pallbearers were Mitch Johnson, Scott Johnson, Josh Bunney, Dave Arnold, Dustin Gusse, and Chase Plumb.

A funeral service for Robert Chad Johnson, 43, was held at 3 p.m. on Sept. 26 at the Douglas High School Gymnasium in Douglas, with Pastor Todd Weber of the Congregational United Church of Christ officiating.

A memorial to the Chad Johnson Memorial Fund in c/o Converse County Bank, P.O. Drawer 689, Douglas, WY 82633 would be appreciated by the family.

Gorman Funeral Homes–Converse Chapel of Douglas were in charge of the arrangements. Condolences can be left for the family at


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