A beloved Moline man is touching the hearts of thousands of people.
You may know Dexter Johnson as Moline High School’s “Super-fan.”
Johnson lost his lawn mower Thursday.
It fell out of his truck near Avenue of the Cities.
When he realized it, he went back to pick it up, and it was gone.
His childhood friend started a GoFundMe page to help buy Dexter a new mower.
The money and support raised so far is more than they ever expected.
His GoFundMe page has been shared almost 3,000 times from people all across the country.
Even on a hot summer day, you’ll most likely find Dex hanging out with the Moline High School’s Baseball team.
Dex has been to almost every Moline sporting event since the 1960’s and he doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon.
Dex Johnson is probably the biggest Maroon’s fan you’ll ever meet.
He graduated from Moline High School in 1972.
He’s been to a countless number of sporting events.
“Since my parents started taking me back in the early 60’s or the late 1950’s,” said Dexter Johnson, Moline.
Dex also volunteers by sweeping the court during basketball games at halftime.
But just by looking at him at any game, you know, he’s part of the team.
He’s created a special bond with students.
Dex says these people mean so much to him.
“I guess every since my parents died I got people to be around. It kinda helps take the void spots too. It makes things easy,” said Johnson.
On Thursday, Dex lost his lawn mower.
It fell out of the back of his pickup truck near 49th street in Moline.
“I tried to come back for it and everything and I couldn’t find it anywhere around there,” said Johnson.
That night, Dexter’s friend Terrence Christopher created a GoFundMe page.
“It just started to replace his mower kind of his hobbie. One of the things Dex likes to do is mowing,” Terrence Christopher, Moline.
The goal was to raise a $1,000.
Christopher says Dexter’s GoFundMe page, exploded.
“I am so amazed,” said Christopher.
Dex has developed his own fan group.
Hundreds of people have donated.
“God be thankful it’s like a blessing,” said Johnson.
“Everyone has seen Dexter since the 60’s and 70’s and he is still going,” said Christopher.
Just like Dexter looks out for students, the students look out for him.
Dex says Moline High School and the Quad Cities community will always have a special place in his heart but, he may not know just how many hearts he’s actually touched.
Christopher says Dex plans on buying a John Deere mower because, after all he loves all things Moline.
The extra money raised will help Dex pay for repairs to his car and home.
Click here to find Dexter Johnson’s GoFundMe page.