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For those of you who knew Donald James Johnson, you knew that he was the greatest story teller around. His intelligence, humor, and quick wit were admired and appreciated by all. He was a man of deep and abiding love for his family, country, and Japan.

If you didn't know him, you might want to know that he was born in Miles City, Montana on February 10, 1930. He retired honorably from the U.S. military after more than 21 years of service. Don spent most of his adult life in Japan. The Japanese marveled at his knowledge of their culture and his skill of their language, and they were often corrected by him in both areas. He was the first American to receive 4th Degree Black Belt status in Judo at the Kodo Kan in 1954. He was also 32nd degree Scottish Rights Mason.Don left us Wednesday morning, November 20, 1996. He leaves behind his wife, Chitose; and four children, James and Brandie Johnson; David J. and Robyn Johnson; Renae Comas; Robin and Jeff Lyman; and eight grandchildren.

Services for the family and close friends will be held Saturday, November 23 at 11 a.m. at the Bountiful Masonic Temple, 143 West 1000 North, Bountiful, Utah.

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