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In Loving Memory

James and Lisa Johnson

James and Lisa Johnson, Photo courtesy of Johnson Family


It is with heavy hearts that we remember the incredible impact of James and Lisa Johnson on the Portland community. On October 28th, 2023, we lost two pillars of our community who embodied the true essence of love and generosity. Their journey began as teenagers at Jefferson High School, where they became inseparable best friends, and over the years, their bond only grew stronger as they pursued their passions.


James Johnson's legacy extends far beyond his years, as he touched the lives of thousands of families through his non-profit organization, Academic Court Enhancement. For over four decades, he dedicated himself to building character, integrity, and resilience in disadvantaged youth through the sport of basketball. His commitment to coaching, training, and welcoming numerous families, all without charge, has left an indelible mark on our community. Lisa was his constant companion, the unsung hero, and the driving force behind their shared mission.


Lisa Johnson's contribution to our community was equally remarkable. Her expertise and one-of-a-kind personality provided a strong foundation for the countless families who found a home through Academic Court Enhancement. With her extensive knowledge in accounting and finance, she not only supported her husband's noble endeavor but also assisted many local businesses in thriving efficiently. Her tax business served as a cornerstone for our community, ensuring that businesses had the financial guidance they needed to succeed.


Together, James and Lisa Johnson created opportunities for the youth in our community to lead sustainable lives, both on and off the basketball court. Their dedication, love, and generosity have left an enduring legacy that will continue to inspire and uplift our community for generations to come.


Details for their Celebration of Life services will be shared with the community at the earliest opportunity.


With love and appreciation,

Marcus, Tanaira and Tanesha Johnson

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