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Obituary: Delbert C. (Deb) Johnson

1914 ~ 2004

Delbert C. Johnson passed peacefully into the next life on Wednesday, Oct 20, 2004. He was 90 years old.

Dad was born the third child to Lawrence Ive and Sarah Findlay Johnson on March 22, 1914, in Morley, Idaho. He married Carolyn Dalton, of Parowan, Utah on November 21, 1938 in the St. George Temple. To this union were born six children, Carolyn (Lynne), Kim, Kathi, Tod, Julie and Chari.

Dad was preceded in death by his parents Lawrence Ive and Sarah Findlay Johnson, three brothers: Leonard Johnson, Oliver Johnson, Ray Johnson and one sister, Nella Jean Johnson. He is survived by his six children, Carolyn Elizabeth, Salt Lake; D. Kim (Louis) Johnson, Naperville, IL; Kathi Cowden, Seattle, WA; Tod (Kathy) Johnson, Salt Lake City; Julie (Steven) Davis, Las Vegas, NV; Chari (Ron) Davis, Midway, UT; 23 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

Dad grew up in Provo, UT attending the old BY High School. He attended BYU majoring in accounting. He participated on the football, wrestling, and swimming teams. Dad was employed as an accountant at Kennecott Copper Corp. for 36 years.

Dad retired at age 60. He and mother enjoyed this opportunity to travel and visit grandchildren. They accepted a call to serve a mission in the New Zealand Temple from Sept. 1975 to April 1977. Upon their return from New Zealand, Dad was called as a sealer in the Salt Lake Temple where he served faithfully for over 20 years. He was able to perform the marriage ceremony for many grandchildren, extended family and friends.

Dad loved golf and spent many wonderful afternoons enjoying the company of good friends and family on the golf course.

Dad's legacy was the love and many acts of kindness that he showed for his companion of sixty six years. His life was an example of love and marriage as the Lord intended, standing the test of time, growing stronger each day. Theirs was a remarkable relationship of love and devotion for each other. Their life together was beautiful, their love eternal, their future possibilities endless.

A viewing will be held at the Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple, Sunday, October 24th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held Monday, October 26, 2004 at the Emigration 21st North Ward, 2nd Avenue and K St. at 12:00 noon. Friends may call that morning at the ward from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Interment, Salt Lake City Cemetery.