His daughter Linda Johansen, president of the Solvang Chamber of Commerce, said her father was a "larger than life" hero, teacher and mentor.She
described him as a man of "impeccable" integrity, whose "word was bond" in an era when agreements weren't written on paper.
Along with her
"served the valley in every aspect of the word," Johansen
legacy is everywhere I look in the valley," she
added.He started Nielsen's Lumber Yard with his father.He was owner of the King Frederik Inn, Pea Soup Andersen's Inn, one of the original partners of The Royal Scandinavian Inn and Viking Travel, she said.He
was also involved with a number of projects including Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital
, the Solvang Lutheran Home
and its Recovery Residence.