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Obituary: Bland R. Johnson

Bland R. Johnson


In loving sorrow we announce the passing of Bland Romell Johnson on Saturday, October 13, 2007 due to causes incident to age.Mel, as he was known by his family and close friends, was born to Andrew Franklin Johnson and Minerva Jenson on May 15, 1914 in Tremonton, Utah.

He grew up in the Salt Lake area and attended West High School there before joining the Army. He married Margaret Ada Penney and continued to serve as a military recruiting officer for the Army. One daughter, Tyla, was born as a result of the union and both Mel and Margaret enjoyed the companionship of numerous nephews and nieces.

He loved the outdoors and spent many enjoyable moments hunting and fishing with friends and family. He was diligent in working around the home, always tending to his yard with great care. Mel was a quiet and dignified man; his family can only recall one occasion where he raised his voice. Reading brought Mel great enjoyment throughout his life as well as his handiwork and jewelry making.

Mel is survived by: his wife, Margaret; daughter, Tyla Walton; a special granddaughter, Danielle and her husband, Adam Caldwell, who is considered and loved as a grandson in the family, and their children Rebekah, Samantha, and Nathan. He is preceded in death by: his parents; two sisters, Elva and Betty; a brother, Parley; and a special niece, Billie; and son-in-law, Kent.

Special Thanks and appreciation is expressed by the family for Harmony Hospice for their kindness and care to Mel and Margaret during this time.

A viewing will be held Friday, October 19, 2007 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Deseret Memorial Funeral Home, 700 South 36 East, Salt Lake City. A graveside service will be held at 12:00 noon at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 10600 South 1900 East, Sandy. Condolences may be sent to