Charles Ellis Johnson II, died October 4, 1998 in Salt Lake City.

He was born August 17, 1911, to Maude Ericson and Rufus D. Johnson, an energetic mother and brilliant father, both natural teachers, who set him on a lifelong path of the love of learning. In his youth he was an enthusiastic Boy Scout, who spent many happy hours in the natural surroundings of Utah, fishing with his brothers, York and Reed. As a talented fencer and actor in the early 1930's, he was drawn briefly to Hollywood.He returned to Salt Lake City, where he was sealed to Lilly Julia Nydegger, by Heber J. Grant, on October 21, 1939. Together they raised five children: Kent N. Johnson, Devon B. Johnson, Ranleigh D. Johnson, Khaliel (Mrs. L. Kevin) Kelly, and Charles E. Johnson III, all of whom survive him. He is also survived by his sister, Rosemary (Mrs. David M.) Evans; 27 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was a romantic and sensitive man, who had a great appreciation for the arts, which he instilled in those who surrounded him. Possessed of a particularly fine mind, he was a source of information and guidance to friends and family throughout his life.

In his declining years, he received devoted care from Kathy Thomas and her daughter, Rochelle, and was watched over by generous neighbors, including the Archuletta and Atkinson families. Then, in his final months, he was given outstanding care by Dr. Mary Jane Norman, Nurse Becky Price, and the warm and loving staff at the Beehive House at Creek Road.

His last written expression was a simple declaration that the greatest joy in life lies not in material possessions, but in the love of children and grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 6, 1998 at 11 a.m. at th Mt. View Memorial Estates Chapel, 7800 South 3115 East, where friends may call Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday, one hour prior at the Mortuary.

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