Scholarship fund honors Bruce Johnson |

Scholarship fund honors Bruce Johnson

Bruce Johnson was a good friend to many. Though he and his wife Sherrie never had their own children, Bruce easily befriended youths. The longtime Maybell resident, who died in a motorcycle accident in Utah last August, also loved to share his appeal of hunting.

It’s for those reasons that a few of Johnson’s friends have decided to dedicate a scholarship fund in his name through the National Wild Turkey Federation. Johnson helped create a local chapter of the group.

“He was a friend to every kid he ever knew in Moffat County,” said Jeff Corriveau. “Bruce and I grew up together. We were very good friends. We had a chance to do something nice and we couldn’t pass up that opportunity.”

Cashway Distributors is donating 5 percent of proceeds from its gross sales on Feb. 5 to raise money for scholarships through the local Yampa Yelpers chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. The store also will match those proceeds with an additional 5 percent, Corriveau said.

Organizers hope to raise enough for two or three scholarships at $500 each. The awards will be distributed at the local chapter’s annual banquet Feb. 12 at the Holiday Inn. Tickets for the event will be on sale at Cashway on Feb. 5 or they can be purchased from chapter members.

Bruce’s widow, Sherrie Johnson, said the tribute might be a true reflection of something that would make her husband proud. Sherrie said Bruce never charged youth hunters to hunt on the couple’s land and always made sure that youths practiced safe hunting habits. When nephews and nieces came to visit, Bruce would usually engage them in hunting videos, instead of movies, Sherrie said.

Bruce used to travel to several states to go hunting. After helping start the Yampa Yelpers, the group placed about 100 turkeys in the Browns Park area, which one day hunters hope may help establish a local turkey hunting season.

“Hunting was one of his favorite things to do in the spring,” Sherrie said.

Sherrie said she received more than $1,000 in donations after Bruce died. All of that money will go toward the scholarships, she said. Sherrie said she plans on supporting the fund for years to come.

“It’s a benefit for the kids and a real nice tribute to Bruce,” Sherrie said.

Amy Hatten can be reached at 824-7031 or

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