She was born March 22, 1960, in Torrence, Calif., and was always a California girl at heart. She attended Vista High School until 1977. She then moved to Moab, where she graduated from Grand County High School in 1978.
Debra was married to Kent Officer on Aug. 14, 1979, and they had two daughters together. They later divorced. As a single mother, Debra worked very hard to give her children a good life.
Debra studied business at Utah State University and had received her associates in business management from the College of Eastern Utah. For a period of time, she proudly worked beside her father, Ken Johnson, at the Housing Authority of Southeastern Utah in Moab. Most recently, she worked at the Christmas Box House, where she enjoyed being around children. She also worked as a night clerk at the La Quinta Inn.
Debbie loved all animals, especially St. Bernards. Her greatest passion was travelling and seeing new places. In the most recent years, she excelled at being a grandmother and devoted her time and energy to her grandkids. She was even giving in death – she was an organ donor.
She was the middle of three children born to Ken and Ruth Johnson. She will be forever remembered by her two daughters, Brooke and Tabitha; her loving sisters, Cindy Day and Kristin Millis; and her mother, Ruth Johnson. She is also remembered by her treasured grandchildren, Brenden and Azurah, as well as two more on the way.
Debra touched the lives of many, as she was always there to serve. She received endowments at the Manti Temple and was a proud member of the LDS church. She was also inspired to attend the Via De Christo Christian retreat with her sister, Cindy Day.
She was preceded in death by her father, Ken Johnson; and two nephews, Erik Day and Zachary Taylor.
Funeral services will be held at the Moab Stake Center, 701 Locust Lane, on Saturday, Jan. 18. Friends and family are invited to attend viewing from 2 to 4 p.m. and a memorial service at 4 p.m. The burial will be Monday, Jan. 20 at 11 a.m. at the Castle Valley Cemetery.