Johansen Memoriam Fund
The reason for this "gofundme" page is to assist with the high cost of funeral expences that have been left it the charge of their son, Keenan.
As I'm certain you will understand, there is an immediate need of funds to finance Kevin and Karens cremations, additional funeral and extensive extranious costs.
Personally, my life has been touched by too many suicides, and now i find myself and my family feeling the agony, dissappointment and void. Although family comes in many shapes and sizes, this time it's a sibling. My big brother and his beloved wife. to others a son/daughter, brother, sister, father, mother, uncle, great uncle, aunt, godfather, activist, entrepreneur, and mentor.
Kevin, in death, has preceded his parents
Ken and Neom Johansen
Jodi, Kris, Jan and myself and countless neices, nephews, great neicies and nephews as well, yet most importantly his son Keenan.
Please provide what you can to help out, know even simply keeping us in your thoughts means more than any dollar amount.
Jeri (Johansen) Price
Kevins little sister
Please share your memories and photos
Love, love, luv
Thank you again,
.......literally breathless. No words can express how I feel. I was truly honored to call Kevin a friend and to have coffee with him and just chat things big and small. He in every sense of the word was a gentle giant (not just becuase of his height). Kevin was always supportive no matter what idea I asked him about and anytime I needed a mentor or judge he was always there to help and offer advice to the community. I will look to the sky and tell you how much you are missed my friend. My thoughts and prayers go out to their families.
Less than 24 hrs after I had an upbeat & jovial conversation with Kevin during DSWeek, we launched a community resource website to provide 24/7 text or phone counseling, as well as anti-stigma awareness to support any behavioral / mental health challenges. While this condition is prevalent aX the working/social world, it has truly begun to take its toll on entrepreneurs within our CO collaborative community. --- I was in Boulder last night, at the StartUpMeetUp - topic, Up on the High Wire. There to support Sally Spencer-Thomas who was presenting on her work to prevent suicide. Mid way through her presentation, I was handed a friends cell phone with Greg Barry's post on Kevin. This moment of fate and metaphor of life....has left me like everyone on this page....completely dumb struck with questions & mixed emotions. I knew this giant for 20 years. Hence, I want everyone to know and share that....ANYONE can go to COEMHN.com and text or talk to a masters level counselor over any grief, mild or serious mental health challenges they are experiencing, 24/7, and it matters not how you heard about the # there. There are support partners for adult & teen depression/suicide. issues. We are all the fabric of this community, and this world. Keep the weave tight so we do not lose another pair of gracious humans. Hope to see you soon Keenan....
Kevin Johansen made a huge impact on the community and on the Rockies Venture Club. He founded the now ten year old Angel Capital Summit and has been a mentor and aide to many. Rockies Venture Club will be honoring Kevin's life with the Kevin Johansen Business Catapult award - awarded to individuals who make extraordinary contributions to entrepreneurs through mentorship. Please join us at the Colorado Capital Conference Tuesday, November 15th at 5:30-7:30 to honor Kevin at the RVC awards ceremony. More info at www.coloradocapitalconference.org Kevin was particularly helpful to me as I assumed the role of RVC Executive Director. He knew virtually everyone in the community and was willing to share all the connections in painstaking detail.
Jenny and I send our love and condolences. Way too many fond memories of Kevin and Karen to post here; not enough disk storage on the Internet. Keenan: our phone's on 24/7; call any time as you need. You probably have my phone number, but you can find me on Facebook or LinkedIn. Our love to you.
Kevin exuded excitement beyond measure for the entrepreneurial spirit - and his love for Karen and Keenan. So many of us are grateful for his belief in our visions and mutual respect for what is possible to make a difference in our world.
I met Kevin Johansen in 2005 while I was working at Huge Partners in LoDo. Kevin and I struck up a friendship and he became a great mentor to me over the years. His presence wasn’t only large in stature – he lit up every room he entered. When we shared coffee and I was usually taking notes. Kevin had so much to say and so many things swirling in his head – I wanted to make sure I captured it all. Not event possible. He was a genius. Kevin was a staple in the startup business community and was always eager to talk with people about starting up and diving in. He was the true definition of a go-giver. Someone who was always willing and happy to add value to a process and expected nothing in return. I learned of Kevin’s passing and I have been numb and in shock ever since. We were supposed to have coffee a few months ago and never got it on the calendar. I regret this life slip so deeply. I don’t know what the world looks like without Kevin in it. It hurts so much already and I just cannot imagine the pain he and Karen must have been going through to choose this ending for themselves. One thing I do know, however, is Kevin had his way of doing things and on his own terms. I have been looking for pictures all day. Searching for memories. Crying my eyes out. I am not sure any of us will ever know or understand… we are left remembering… his great big smile, his beaming presence and his zest for everything that related to Keenan, Karen and business. Today hurts like hell. I know for certain that my professional trajectory would look totally different had I not met Kevin. I am forever thankful for his wisdom, his ideas, his thought processes and his devotion. Sometimes it hurts to be alive. Losses like this seem so incomprehensible. Kevin, I won’t ever forget the look on your face when I suggested going to ‘Hooters’ for our lunch one day. Nor will I forget your enthusiasm around my ‘Laughter Yoga’ stint in 2007. We had some really fun times buddy. I love you. Go peacefully. #KevinJohansen