Burton Eldon Johnson, 83, of Ucon, passed away Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at Life Care Center in Idaho Falls.
Burton was born Dec. 22, 1928, in Victor, Idaho, to Eldon Alonzo Johnson and Velda Woolstenhulme Johnson. He was the fifth child and first son in a family of 12. He grew up and attended school in Victor until the eighth grade. He was a great example to his family. He spent his childhood helping his father on the family farm and in the forest logging.
He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Johannesburg, South Africa. Upon returning home from his mission, he was inducted in the military, where he served in the Army as a combat engineer and construction foreman in Korea.
He met his wife and eternal companion, Alta Lenora Rytting, at church in Victor upon his return from Korea. They were married Feb. 10, 1957, in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. They began their life together in Pocatello, where he attended Idaho State University. He then went to Ricks College in Rexburg, where he was the second counselor in the first Ricks College Ward. They later moved to Logan, Utah, where he attended Utah State University. He graduated in 1960 with a B.S. in secondary education and industrial arts.
He taught school in Ogden, Utah, and then moved to Idaho Falls, where he worked for Phillip's Petroleum as a health physicist. After four years, he moved his five boys and one daughter to a farm in the Ucon area and returned to teaching at Idaho Falls High School, where he taught math, drafting and woodworking. Summers were spent building homes, farming and milking cows.
He is survived by his wife, Alta Johnson; sons, Trent Burton (Kelley) Johnson of Logan, Utah, Troy Eldon (Laurie) Johnson, Byron W. Johnson and Aaron R. (Sarah) Johnson, all of Idaho Falls, and Breck R. (Lynnette) Johnson of Iona; daughter, TeriLyn Goldman of Phoenix, Ariz.; 25 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one grandson, two great-granddaughters and two sisters.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Ucon Ward building, 10854 N. 41 East in Ucon, with President Davis officiating and Bishop Johnson conducting. The family will visit with friends from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Wood Funeral Home East Side, 963 S. Ammon Road, and from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday prior to services at the church. Burial will follow in Ucon Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www .woodfuneralhome.com.