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DEATH: YORK G. JOHNSON

York G. Johnson died Thursday, April 13, 1995 of pneumonia.

He was born October 2, 1913 in Salt Lake City, the second son of Rufus D. and Maude E. Johnson. He attended LDS High School, graduated from the new East High School, and attended the University of Utah. On leaving college he founded and operated York Jewelers and then worked at Strevell Paterson. As World War II neared, York served as Broderick and Gordon's organizer of tools and materials for the construction of an arms plant--and went to work in the plant when it was finished. Next he moved to the newly-constructed Geneva Steel Mill, remaining there as head of the Production Planning Dept. until retiring.York was always musical and loved the songs of the Big Band era. He formed the Croyden Orchestra in the 1930s. Other groups, including The Windsors and Talk of the Town, followed, and one group played at a local restaurant for many years. A strong piano and bass player, York restored his own bass viol, obtained in a "severely used" state from a local high school music department; but he also could and did play many other instruments.

York married Donna Darlene Gibson in 1939, and they had two children, eventually moving to a house in Orem which York designed and built. He continued to live there until the late 1980s, when the house was sold to commercial developers. At the time of his death York was a resident of Johanna's Nursing Home, where he waged a courageous battle against organic brain disease and other physical difficulties. He was a devoted grandfather; an open-handed friend; an avid fisherman; a member of the Provo Elks Lodge; and always, a gentleman of the old school.

York will be welcomed after his journey by his parents, his wife, and his brother, Reed, who predeceased him.

He will be missed here by daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Bill Reed; granddaughters, Jenny and Becky Reed; son and daughter-in-law, David and Donna Johnson; sister and brother-in-law, Rosemary and David Evans; brother, Ellis; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

His family extends heartfelt thanks to the Paz family and the staff of Johanna's Nursing Home for their help, skill, and loving care.

Funeral services for York will be held at 12 noon, Thursday, April 20, 1995, at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary Chapel, 3401 South Highland Drive, followed by a brief graveside dedication. Friends may call at the mortuary Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. and Thursday one hour prior to services.

Godspeed, Fagin; and may your journey be a good one.

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