Salt Lake City – David Albert Johns, 76, returned to his Heavenly Father and was reunited with his loving wife on November 6th, 2020. He was born on May 2nd, 1944 in Turlock, California to William and Kathleen Johns. He married Judith Highers, had two sons, later divorced. He then married Jewell Roteman Curry, where he added a step-daughter to the mix.

He was born in California but spent the majority of his younger life growing up in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from Frank Cody High School in Detroit. David served in the Air Force and told the story many times that when he returned to the states after serving at Evreux Air Base in France that his family had moved back to California without telling him. So he made his way west. He never made it to California, he ended up planting roots in Salt Lake City where he tried his hand at many different professions like Christmas tree sales and milk man before settling on being a real estate broker, which he did for the majority of his life and was still doing prior to passing.

David was known for his sense of humor and sarcasm. He had many one liners and quips that he recycled many times over the years; he always thought they were as funny as the first time he told them and honestly some of them were. His smile, dry wit, and loving eyes were contagious. Everyone that knew him grew to love him quickly. He was always kind and found joy in helping those in need. This is evident in his volunteer service that he provided. He spent many years volunteering at Intermountain Medical Center where, at one time, he would sit with people that were dying and didn’t have loved ones nearby. He also donated many hours to serving in the congregation at The Discovery Christian Community Church where he took great pride in working at their food bank.

He was a diehard Detroit Tigers fan and looked forward to the day he could see them win the World Series again, we always joked that it wouldn’t happen again in his lifetime, I guess we were right. He also followed the Lions, but he knew there was no hope for them winning the Superbowl, so he didn’t even wish for that. He enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, cryptoquotes, watching baseball, and serving others.

He is survived by his children, David (Holly) Johns of West Jordan, Utah, Dale (Jennifer) Johns of Kaysville, Utah. Five grandchildren: Breanna Johns, Kyle (Mandy) Johns, Brooklyn Johns, Braxton Johns, Brighton Johns, one great grandchild Terrell, his special “Bud” Jessica (Houston) Neff and her kids Anisa and Aubrey, and many others that knew and thought of him as grandpa. He is also survived by four brothers William (Carol), Richard (Kathy), Michael (Inez), and Kevin (Sharleen), as well numerous other nieces, nephews and extended family. He is preceded in death by his granddaughter Boston, wife Jewell, daughter Lisa. While he is gone in our lives, he will forever be in our hearts.

Due to the landscape of COVID-19, the services will be held privately for family and close friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2020 from 5:30 – 6:30 PM with a friends and family gathering beforehand beginning at 5:00 PM at Memorial Redwood Mortuary and Cemetery 6500 South Redwood Road, West Jordan, Utah. Interment to happen at a later date at Memorial Redwood Cemetery. For those that wish to participate in the services from your own home, please view the instructions below.


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6500 S Redwood Rd
Salt Lake City, UT

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Nov 10, 2020

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We attended church with David for several years, he was one of the most thoughtful and sincere people we ever have had the pleasure to have known.

He will be missed.

Carl and Regina Enman Nov 11, 2020