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Help Colville Fire Survivors

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Friday morning in Colville Washington a devastating house fire  took the lives of Joseph Lawson and Jennifer Brown. Surviving the fire are Patricia Johanson, mother to Joseph and grandmother to Jennifer and Patricia's son David Lawson.

Many in the Colville area know this family for their warm hearts, loving personalities and the emus and llamas at The Johanson family farm. In a town like Colville where the community is so close, losing two people in such a tragic way hits everybody hard, as these huddled up firefighers said after working to put the fire out.
Who Are the Survivors? 

Patricia is the widow of life-time Colville resident Harvey Johanson, a mother, and previously owned an elderly care facility. David is a loving husband and father of three who recently moved back to Washington to be with his family. When they escaped in just a robe , pajama pants, and a pair of sandals, they lost not only their son and brother, granddaugher and niece, but their house, RV, pets, clothes, and everything they own. They are currently under emergency short term care of the Red Cross but will need long term solutions.

How Will Your Donations Be Spent?
Donating to this campaign would provide the basics for this grieving family: food, a place to stay, clean clothes, toiletries, and all of the other little things that no one even thinks of when a tragedy like this happens. Donating would also help with the costs of the funerals for Joseph and Jennifer. Any support you can give is greatly appreciated and every bit counts. If you cannot contribute monetarily please consider sharing this.

Thank you so much.

Remembering Who We Lost
Jennifer Brown and Peepers, both lost in the fire. Jen had a playful spirit and enjoyed riding horses and cooking. 

Joseph Lawson (wearing glasses), Patricia Johanson (wearing red), and family. Joe served as a marine and tutored students at the local community college. 

Joseph, Jennifer, Joeseph's sister Becky, her husband Jeff, and Patricia celebrating Thanksgiving together just weeks ago, in the house that caught fire.

Remains after the fire.


  • Karen Wisner
    • $25 
    • 7 yrs

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De Anna Carter
Colville, WA
David Lawson

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