Roll of Honor

Trenton M. Johnson

Trenton M. Johnson

  • Firefighter
  • Grayback Forestry, Inc.
  • Montana
  • Age: 19
  • Year of Death: 2017

Scholar, athlete, beyond that, Trenton was a friend to everyone he encountered. Wise beyond his years, Trenton was a good person. Children flocked to him because he could create silly and clever games that entertained those younger than him. People older than him flocked to him because he was mature and wise enough to foster excellent conversation at any level. People his age looked to him as a reliable friend and leader.

Trenton had a quick-witted sense of humor. He could casually throw a comment into a conversation that would pass by until you had a chance to think about it and realize how hilarious or deep the veiled statement truly was. Calm and calming in any situation, he had a level head when most would not. He could assess complex circumstances quickly and say the right things at the right time with the right tone or react appropriately for the situation.

Trenton’s interest in lacrosse was sparked after visiting his cousins. From his beginnings on the Missoula Elite lacrosse team, he always had a lacrosse stick in his hand. He went on to be a First Team all-state long stick middy and a team captain, an honor given by his peers. He thoroughly enjoyed his time on the field and the friends he made through his sporting career. Trenton was also a varsity cross country runner. What he did not have in natural talent, he well made up for in commitment and determination. He was regarded by everyone as a team player and brought everyone up on the field and in everyday life with his encouraging and constructive attitude.

He worked a couple seasons on a landscaping crew and quickly advanced to a crew boss with his work ethic, leadership skills, and attention to detail.

As an Honor Society member and student at Hellgate High School, Trenton excelled at the sciences and math. He would study on his own and enjoyed doing well. He had completed his freshman year at the Montana State University studying engineering.

He was new to, but thoroughly enjoyed, his adventure as a wildland firefighter. He talked with his sister, also a wildland firefighter, about it constantly. They were in communication every day, and he was her best friend. They took terrific care of each other; they always had.

He will certainly be missed but will also certainly be remembered.