Charles Johnson


Longtime Malibu resident Charles Johnson died at his Sea Vista Drive home on Aug. 8. He was 89.

Originally from Steubenville, Ohio, Johnson attended the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., graduating in 1938. Johnson then pursued a 30-year Navy career that included duty at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

Johnson married Barbara Bassler in 1946. Bassler was the daughter of Malibu residents John and Margaret Bassler. Barbara died in 2002.

After Johnson retired from the Navy in 1968, at the rank of captain, he and his wife settled in Malibu. Johnson began a second career as a power engineer with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, were he designed the electric power installations for much of LAX and some of the newer buildings in downtown Los Angeles.

Johnson is survived by his son, Chris, his daughter-in-law, Stephanie, and his grandson, Daniel.