Dr. Stanford Leland Johnson
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Provo, Ut (1924-2014)
Beloved father, husband, grandfather, step-dad, uncle and brother was born in Mapleton, Utah on July 31, 1924. He passed away peacefully with children at his bedside on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the Jamestown Retirement Center in Provo, Utah from natural causes. His was a life well lived and ended just short of his 90th birthday. He was married, had 7 children, and is survived by six who were able to grow to adulthood and have beautiful families: Janet (Jerel) McQuarrie, Walnut Creek, Calif.; Debra Leonelli (David) Rege , San Francisco, Calif.; L. Stanford (Lori) Johnson III, Leander, Texas; Robert J. (Deanne) Johnson, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Gregory Kent Johnson, St. George, Utah; Kent Phillip (Denise McArthur) Johnson, Orem, Utah; grandchildren: Brittney Post, Tyler McQuarrie, Colby Leonelli, Lauren Leonelli, Paige Johnson, Annsley Buffington, Sara Johnson, Adia Johnson, Kyra Johnson, Tavish Johnson, Mia Johnson; great-grandchildren, Hailey H. McQuarrie, MacLaren McQuarrie, Miller Tyler McQuarrie, Ale'a Rege-Faulkner, Nakue Rege-Faulkner and Ada Buffington. He is survived by his older sister Mary Wilkerson, who lives in Orem, Utah. He was preceded in death by his older brother Kelsey Johnson.
Dad grew up during the Great Depression under humble economic circumstances. As a youth and throughout his life, he was very ambitious and goal oriented. He was well liked by the people in his life because of his interesting, caring and friendly personal ways. These qualities served him well as he worked diligently to fulfill his lofty goals and expectations. He served in the military during WWII as a US Army Air Core fighter pilot. After the war he married Lucy E. Watts (Johnson) of Logan, Utah where he attended Utah State University for his BA degree in Business. He then went on to New York University where he was awarded his MBA & PhD in The School of Business. Recognized for his academic abilities, he was appointed as a professor at NYU and served in this capacity for many years. In 1964 he decided to make a change and moved his family to San Francisco where he was appointed as a full time professor at San Francisco State University & the University of California college system where he successfully served over thirty years in a career in higher education. Dr. Johnson was noted for his academic achievements in Marquis Who's Who 1987-88. He also helped to co-create, edit and produce many college level text books for students at this level of academic learning.
In addition to being a loving and caring father he was also a mentor to hundreds of students worldwide over the years assisting them in achieving their educational and career goals. He lived both in Europe and Japan and travelled the world as a business consultant. He took the opportunity to teach at Schiller College in West Germany and at Tokyo University in Japan. Valued and appreciated by all the people with whom he associated, Dr. Johnson maintained close friendships with hundreds of people in the U.S., as well as those abroad.
Our father lived most of his life in both New York and California and retired to the mountains near Lake Tahoe, where he built a beautiful log home in the early 1990's by a lake. In retirement, he enjoyed flying his private plane, volunteering with the Eldorado County Sheriff Office in the Search & Rescue Team for many years and staying active in the local LDS Church & community in charity events. This is what our father was all about; trying to help other people at all times, exhibiting love and kindness to his fellow man and helping those around him who were less fortunate.
Also, dad had a great love for nature and his lush surroundings. He built a wonderful library of books from around the world which he enjoyed reading among the pine trees of the Sierra mountains. He genuinely appreciated the wonders and beauty of nature and relished walking and hiking in his beloved California mountains. He truly had an interesting and fulfilling life.
Private Funeral services will be held in San Francisco, Calif. In Lieu of flowers, please contribute to
and help someone in your local community. Dad was unique on many levels and his personality was contagious. Our hearts are broken and he will be missed by all!
Published in Logan Herald Journal from Apr. 29 to Apr. 30, 2014