Kent Johnson, 1915 ~ 2008

Lifelong Moab area resident Neil “Kent” Johnson returned to his Heavenly Father and the waiting arms of his loving wife on Aug. 16, 2008.

Kent was born Jan. 21, 1915 to George Washington “Wash” Johnson and Mabel Wilcox Johnson. Kent was one of nine children born to his parents.

The Johnson family lived and raised their children on their ranch in Old La Sal. Kent was raised with a hard-working and determined spirit for life.

Kent graduated from Grand County High School in 1934 and married Sylvia Lance on June 7, 1935. Kent and Sylvia would bring five sons into their union and were married 67-1/2 years, until her passing in 2003.

Kent served in World War II and spent four years in Japan during the early years of his marriage. He held many jobs in his lifetime: rancher, construction worker, miner, business owner. Kent served as county commissioner for a time and worked for the grazing committee before they changed their title to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). He also worked for the state road department and helped to build many of the roads around the Moab area.

Kent lived a long and colorful live of 93-1/2 years and he will be missed by those he leaves behind, yet welcomed by many that have gone before him.

Kent is survived by his sons, Norman Kay Johnson of Cortez, Colo., Steven L. Johnson of Greeley, Colo., Neil Bruce and Karen Johnson of West Valley, Utah.; brothers Arden Johnson (Claire) and Floyd Johnson, both of Orem, Utah, and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Kent was preceded in death by his wife, Sylvia, sons, Mark (stillborn) and Robert, and many of his brothers and sisters.

Kent’s family would like to thank Susan Baffico for all of her help and support, not to mention friendship through this difficult time. Also, thanks to Dr. Ken Williams and staff, and the Moab community for all that was done to help keep Kent in his home until his passing.

In life the beginning is a little scary, the end is a little sad, but it’s the middle that really counts.