… and I am Somebody male. in my thirties. recovering alcoholic. live in minneapolis. work in progress. gay. serenity please.

My friend Greg

04.23.2007 · Posted in Friends

Greg
My friend Greg Johnston was murdered last night. I don’t know any details other than the Austin, TX police department have just ruled it a homicide after referring to it as a “suspicious death” this morning.

I lived with Greg for a couple of years several years back. He was kind, generous, and always tried to make people happy. He was a fun person to be around. After living in Minneapolis for the last 10 to 15 years he decided to move himself to warmer temperatures and closer to his consulting clients – he chose Austin.

I hadn’t spent any time with Greg for a little while. The last time I saw him was a couple of summers ago – we met for coffee at Starbucks in Block E. We chatted online a couple of months back when he told me about his move and other ongoings. We agreed to meet up on his next trip up this way.

Things like this scare you when they hit home. I’m grateful that Greg was in my life. We had a lot of fun times together.

Greg –

If you’re reading this, thank you for being you. You always tried to help me along and made me feel good about myself. I appreciate everything you’ve done for me. Thank you for being in my life.

Good bye, Greg.

Love,
Dan

8 Responses to “My friend Greg”

  1. Johnny Hess says:

    Hi Sparkles,

    I’m so sorry to hear about your friend. What a loss- both to you and from the sound of him, to the world. I hope you are doing okay. If there is anything I can do, let me know.

    We need to have dinner soon.

    johnny

  2. Sad. I only knew him in a friend of a friend sort of way – but it’s still sad how you just never know.

    hope your’re ok. You know where to find me.

  3. I am sorry for your loss.

  4. Oh no! I am sorry about your friend.

  5. Dan, I don’t know if you remember me or not. I helped you and Greg plan his open house party when he moved into his loft. I have been friends with Greg for about 10 years and just started working for Greg a year ago. As are so many others, I am fortunate to have know him. What a great loss.

  6. Dan Phan says:

    Dan,
    Thanks for posting this and the kind words. Sorry I had to be the one to tell you and unfortunately on AIM. It was definitely a long week. His funeral was yesterday in IN, but his parents are planning a memorial service in Minneapolis some time next month. I will keep you updated or John Michael. I can’t even begin to explain what an impact Greg has had upon my life. He definitely helped me through some shakey times and I owe much of my success at Target to him. Talk to you soon.
    -Dan

  7. I’m soooo sorry to hear about your friend. I lived in Austin for many years. I bet he was an awesome guy!

  8. My husband worked for Greg, but I always liked Greg alot. He was always so kind and generous, and I loved to banter about with techy jokes to him on Yahoo IM. He is deeply missed.

    Angela and David