John Willard Johnson, Jr passed away on January 5, 2023 in Murray, Utah at the age of 87. John was born on October 9, 1935 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He graduated from the University of Utah with an MBA. He was a member of the Air National Guard and served a mission to Argentina for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He married the love of his life, Barbara Claire Selander, on August 18, 1961. They began their family in Salt Lake City then moved to Ypsilanti, Michigan, where John worked for the Ford Motor Company for 4 years before moving back to Salt Lake City to work for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He worked for the Church for over 30 years.

After retiring, John and Barbara served a full time mission among the Navajo people. John loved his family unconditionally and loved to study and teach the gospel. He spent much of his free time working on family history, helping the living remember their ancestors and helping those that have passed to obtain their saving ordinances. The temple was so central in his life that one of the last things he did in this life was renewing his temple recommend.

He was preceded in death by his wife Barbara, his son David, and his sister Darlene. Survived by his two brothers, Vern and Gayland and 4 of his children: Linda Gunderson (Dave) of Draper, Utah; John (Suzannah) of Sandy, Utah; Mike (Sara) of St. George, Utah; and Rob (Merisa) of West Jordan, Utah; as well as 21 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren.

There will be a viewing on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 from 6-8 PM at:

Memorial Murray Mortuary

5850 S 900 E

Murray, UT 84121

The funeral services will be on Thursday, January 12, 2023 at 11 AM, with a viewing at 10 AM. Services will be at:

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

1830 East 6400 South

Murray, UT 84121

The interment will take place following the funeral service at:

Memorial Mountain View Cemetery

3115 E. 7800 S.

Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121

Services

Viewing

Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Memorial Murray Mortuary
5850 S. 900 E.
Murray, UT 84121

Viewing

Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
1830 E. 6400 S.
Murray, UT 84121

Funeral Service

Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
1830 E. 6400 S.
Murray, UT 84121

Services Handled By

Memorial Mountain View Mortuary & Cemetery
3115 East 7800 South
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Family

  • Survived By
  • Vern Johnson, Brother
  • Gayland Johnson, Brother
  • Linda Gunderson, Daughter
  • John Johnson, Son
  • Mike Johnson, Son
  • Rob Johnson, Son
  • Preceded in Death By
  • Barbara Johnson, Wife
  • David Johnson, Son
  • Darlene, Sister

Life Story Info

Post Date

Jan 07, 2023

Personal Info

Born

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Died

Murray, Utah, United States

Age

87

Worked For

  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Education

  • Master's
    The University of Utah
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I'm terribly sorry for your loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Always.

Casey Holloway , South Salt Lake , UT, US Jan 30, 2023

I'm terribly sorry for your loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Always.

Casey Holloway , South Salt Lake , UT, US Jan 30, 2023

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