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Earl L. "Bud" Johnson

August 2, 1928 May 12, 2012
Earl L. "Bud" Johnson
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Obituary for Earl L. "Bud" Johnson

Earl �Bud� Johnson always got the picture no matter the medium. He earned numerous accolades for his photography and videography. Johnson passed away May 12 at his home in White Lake Township, Michigan.

His illustrious career began in the 1940�s as a chemical mixer for the Detroit Free Press photo lab. A call came in for a photographer to capture the rescue of a worker trapped in downtown Detroit. Johnson, then an eighteen year old go-getter, grabbed a camera and rushed to the scene. The photo he took went nationwide via the Associate Press wire service and immediately earned him significant praise.

Johnson worked for twenty-five years at the Detroit Free Press. It was during this period that he received the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for images he captured during the 1967 Detroit riot.

In 1968, Johnson began working at WJBK-TV 2 as a TV film cameraman. Over the following twenty-five years, he received numerous awards and accolades including awards from the Associated Press Broadcaster�s Association and the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences. In the 1980�s, Johnson began working as a video editor and continued to earn awards. He was inducted into the American Television Industry Michigan Chapter Silver Circle for his accomplishments in television. Johnson retired from WJBK in 1993.

He is survived by his wife of sixty-two years, Carol, along with his children, Paula, Gregory, Susan and Timothy. He is blessed with his grandchildren, Paige and Regan Levitte.

A Memorial Mass for Bud Johnson will be held at Church of the Holy Spirit, 3700 N. Harvey Lake Road, Highland, Michigan, on Tuesday, June 26, at 11AM. Visitation at Church one hour prior to Mass. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the Assarian Cancer Center in Novi, Michigan or to The Father Solanus Guild of Detroit Capuchin Monastery. For further information please contact Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors, Milford, 248-684-6645.


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