Johnnie Houston Lakey

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Johnnie Houston Lakey

Johnnie Houston Lakey, 80, of Twentynine Palms, passed away peacefully on the morning of Oct. 20, 2020, alongside the Yellowstone River near Savage, Montana, whilst picking Montana moss agates.

John Lakey was born Sept. 11, 1940, in Havre, Montana, to Houston and Nellie (Adams) Lakey.

The family lived in several places in Montana during John’s youth, in which he graduated from Lewistown High School in 1958, attended several years of college in Bozeman and Missoula, and took charge of the family Texaco Station in Terry for two years until 1974.

A Vietnam veteran, John also served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

John always held a deep love of the wilderness and pursued many notable adventures which included rock climbing, mountain climbing, backpacking, bicycling, kayaking and floating the river. Through his travels, John was led to Joshua Tree National Park in the fall of 1978.

It was in Twentynine Palms where John met Kathleen Therese Lindy, and they were married on Sept. 28, 1985, under the oak tree.

John and Kathleen made their home, and raised their family, in Twentynine Palms.

John instilled his love of adventure within his family by taking them on many outdoor travels and sharing all of the wonderful tales he had experienced throughout his life with them.

John is survived by his wife of 35 years, Kathleen; children Laurel (Aaron) Arismendi, Carl Lakey and Erika Diaz and Cameo Lakey, all of Twentynine Palms, and Joseph Lakey, of Incirlik Air Base, Turkey; stepchildren Valerie Christianson and Keith Moyers, of New Port Richie, Florida, and Andrew Christianson, of Grants, New Mexico; grandchildren Hawkin, Jeremiah, Lexington and Mia; siblings Naomi (James) Leonard, of Eagle River, Arkansas, and James (Patty) Lakey, of Tioga, North Dakota; brother-in-law Keith Schwartz, of Baker, Montana; and numerous nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by both of his parents, Houston and Nellie, sisters Sheila Coulston and Sharon Schwartz, brother-in-law Richard Lindy and nephews Michael, John and Patrick Leonard.