Devin Mae Johns
What can you say about a life gone too soon and will be forever missed? Devin Mae Johns was born 16 years ago to Darren and Carrie. She made their family complete. She was such a good baby and looked up to her big sister, Kira. Devin was a very loving, sensitive, creative, smart and talented girl. She loved all types of music. Devin also loved all animals and was becoming a talented photographer. She enjoyed traveling, playing piano, and was most passionate about ballet, which she continued until her passing. She had close friends whom she cherished and was always open to making new friends. Devin had many influential people in her life including her ballet family, her Isla Vista Elementary teachers, and fellow students. She was a hardworking student and had just started the DPEA at Dos Pueblos High. Devin said she wanted to be an elementary school teacher. She struggled with several challenges in life that greatly affected her. Devin was a sensitive soul and suffered with mental pain. She was very good at hiding her problems from most people. Too many young people are not getting the help they need, even when their families and doctors believe they are doing all they can. If Devin’s short life could do one thing….teach others to speak up if you find a friend struggling. Do not hold it in confidence and tell a trusted adult immediately. Our wish would be that no one else should experience the tragic loss of a child. Devin left us last year on March 9, 2020 at the age of 15 leaving behind her heartbroken parents, sister, grandparents Dennis and Virginia Johns, and two dogs. There will be a remembrance for Devin on March 27 th at Welch-Ryce-Haider in Goleta from 9-11am. We will be following Covid guidelines allowing small groups to pay their respects throughout the 2 hours. Please bring a written note to include in her empty yearbook and/or a memory or story for her family to cherish. You can also write a note at the event. Please spread a bit of kindness to others that may be struggling in these isolating times.