Loren Hills Johnson, age 83, passed away peacefully in his home in Moab, Utah, on March 9, 2012.
Loren was born March 30, 1928, in Moab, Grand County, Utah, the youngest of six children born to Joseph Hills and Ruth Westwood Johnson. He grew up in Moab and attended school here. Following his graduation from Grand County High School in 1946, he enlisted in the Army, where he worked in the motor pool as a mechanic for the occupation forces in Japan until his honorable discharge in January 1948. He subsequently attended Brigham Young University for a year, followed by a two-and-a-half year mission in Norway for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints commencing January 1950.
He married the love of his life, Genevieve Holyoak, for time and all eternity in the Manti LDS Temple on April 9, 1953. To this union were born eight children.
Loren was a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and spent much of his time in missionary service. In addition to his mission in Norway, Loren served two LDS missions with his wife, Genevieve, including an 18-month proselytizing mission in the South Dakota Rapid City Mission in 1991, and a two-year temple mission in 1998 in the Monticello LDS Temple in Monticello, Utah. Loren loved the scriptures and immersed himself in their study. He had a deep and abiding love of the Savior, Jesus Christ, and loved to share His teachings with those with whom he came in contact.
He was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Milton E. Johnson; sisters, Virginia Ruth Johnson and Martha Burgess; brother, Joseph Johnson; step-sisters, Mildred Cooley, Mary Hanley, Eileen Cheatum, Melva Martin, and Ruth Marsing; step-brothers, Karl, Rolla, Anthon, Wayne and Ralph Johnson; and his wife and loving companion of 58 years, Genevieve, who passed away this past November.
He is survived by his children, Gemie (Jerry) Martin, Newhall, Calif., Loren “Bud” (Nancy) Johnson Jr., Moab, Utah, Marlene (Philip) Haslam, Enoch, Utah, George (Tamala) Johnson, Dixon, Tenn., Mark (Brenda) Johnson, Spanish Fork, Utah, Julie (Kelly) Green, Moab, Utah, April Walker, Moab, Utah, and Marvelee Brewer, Moab, Utah; sisters, Berdene Gramlich, Moab, Utah and Enid deBlaquiere, Grand Junction, Colo.; step-sisters, Ida Mae Hurst, Payson, Utah and Mary (Neil) Black, Moab, Utah; step-brother, John D. (Beth) Johnson, Salt Lake City, Utah; 33 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren (two more on the way); and many extended family members.
A viewing will be held on Friday, March 16, from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Spanish Valley Mortuary at 386 North 100 West in Moab, followed by a funeral service on Saturday, March 17, at 9 a.m. at the Moab LDS Stake Center at 701 Locust Lane. Interment will follow at the Grand Valley Cemetery in Moab, Utah.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.SpanshValleyMortuary.com.