Farmington, UT-Keith Johnson passed away January 4, 2013 after a nine year courageous battle with cancer. He was 76.
He was born on March 1, 1936, in Salt Lake City, Utah to Eldon Glover Johnson and Phebe Brown Woodruff.
Keith grew up in Bingham and Copperton Utah. Bingham High was so small Keith knew all who attended there by name. He worked hard as a child and teen, to save money for his great car. He and his friends rode around and were quite wild. After graduation Keith entered the Air Force and was an Air Policeman. He loved the service and won many shooting medals and cups. He left the service during the Korean War.
He went on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, to the mission then called, the Great Lakes mission. His grandfather Newton Woodruff was a spiritual mentor to Keith. He attended BYU and then worked at Kennecott Copper and became a millwright. He worked there for 30 years. As a dedicated member of the LDS church he served in many positions. Keith said his greatest calling was serving at the Davis County jail, teaching the gospel to the inmates. Keith loved the wilderness and spent time hiking long miles. He loved animals and wildlife. His joy always was his children and step children and all family members. He tried to live a strong, spiritual and moral life.
Keith married Angela Elaine Yeager on November 4, 1962. They had nine children together. Later, they divorced and he married June Swaner Randolph-Seng on May 13, 1996. They were later sealed in the Bountiful temple on February 14, 1997. He gained three step children.
Survived by wife June and children David and companion (Julie Bond) California, Kimberly Johnson, California, Mark (Tamiko) Sandy, Utah. Lance (Teresa) West Jordan, Utah, Tara Watts (Todd), Arizona, Tammy Tetzaff, West Jordan, Utah. Heidi Andreasen (Mike) Grantsville, Utah. Erika Nash (Spike) West Valley City, Utah. Jeremy (Ashleigh) Murray, Utah. Step children Amber Brown (Jed) Farmington, Utah. Brandon Randolph-Seng (Carrie) Texas. Chad Randolph-Seng (Stephanie) Farmington, Utah. 31 ¾ grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
Proceeded in death by his father, mother, only sibling, sister Shirley Tracy, and grandson Conrad Lile.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at the Historic LDS Rock Chapel, 272 North Main, Farmington, Utah. A viewing will be held at Russon Brothers Mortuary, 1941 N. Main, Farmington on Friday, January 11 from 6-8 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:45-10:45 a.m. at the church prior to services. Interment will follow at the Farmington City Cemetery, 200 East 500 South, Farmington. Online guest book at www.russonmortuary.com
Published in Deseret News from Jan. 9 to Jan. 11, 2013