Attorney Don Edwin Johnson, 73, formally of Pinckneyville, Illinois, died on September 27, 2012, in St. Louis, Missouri, where he had resided since retiring in 2006.
He was born on January 29, 1939, in Decatur, Illinois, the son of Benjamin Edwin Johnson and Mary Louis Pitzer Johnson. He spent his childhood on the family farm in Assumption, Illinois.
He enrolled at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois at age 16 and graduated cum laude in 1959 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He also spent a semester at American University in Washington DC. In 1961 he received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois specializing in Taxation and Mineral Law.
He married Suzanne Curtis in Mt. Vernon, Illinois on August 23, 1959.
He was appointed law clerk for Justice Byron O. House of the Illinois Supreme Court and joined the law firm of House and House in Nashville, Illinois. He then started the law offices of Hohlt, House, DeMoss, and Johnson in Pinckneyville and DuQuoin, Illinois, and later became the senior partner of Johnson, Seibert, and Bigham in Pinckneyville.
He was a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and Chairman of the Federal Taxation and Mineral Law Section Councils. He was also a member of the Illinois Bar Foundation, American Bar Association and Foundation, Eastern Mineral Law Foundation, and the Perry County Bar Association.
He held three public offices: States Attorney of Perry County, City Attorney of DuQuoin, Illinois, and City Attorney of Pinckneyville, Illinois for twenty years.