Former Moab resident Joseph Edward (Ed) Johnson left this earthly life on April 4, 2019. He was born March 4, 1934 to Armond Buriah and Blanch Adelia Edwards Johnson in Huntington, Utah.
He attended North Emery High School where he played basketball, developing a lifelong love for the sport, and was student body president. He married Edna Sue Sitterud on Dec. 16, 1955 in the Manti, Utah Temple.
They were blessed with seven children: Kimball Edward (Dianne) Johnson of Fountain Green, Utah; Carri Sue (David) Cozzens of Moab, Utah; Jay Armond (Debbie) Johnson of Cedar City, Utah; Karlene (Anthony) Garcia of Grand Junction, Colorado; Lee Bruce Johnson (deceased), Carma Pauline (Polly) Combe of Idaho Falls, Idaho; and Dalen Lee (Tiffany) Johnson of Huntington, Utah.
He is survived by six children, 29 grandchildren, and 54 great grandchildren, a brother, Danny Lee (Marie) Johnson; and two sisters, Decarma (Fred) Allred and Claudia Pauline Wilson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Bruce Armond Johnson; brother-in-law Lloyd Gene Wilson, and a son, Lee Bruce Johnson.
Edward had a great love for the outdoors. In March of 1963 he moved his family to Moab to pursue a life long dream of working for the U.S Forest Service. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in a wide variety of callings that included elders quorum president, high priest group leader, high councilor, stake presidency, and he twice served as bishop of the Moab 4th ward.
He loved the youth of the church and had a great faith in their abilities, calling young women to serve as ward organists and choristers and young men to rotate playing the piano and leading the music in priesthood meetings. He also loved coaching the young men’s basketball team. He spent many of his Moab years serving and working on the church farm and orchard where he taught his kids and grandkids how to work hard and play hard.
In 1994, he retired and moved back to his hometown of Huntington, where he went to work for Genco Mining. Many in Huntington will remember him for his neighborly service, including his community backhoe service to neighbors and friends. He was a faithful home teacher. He loved farming, gardening, and spending time at the family cabin on the mountain.
He loved having his family around. When it was time to leave, he would stand in the driveway, not letting them go until they could tell him when they would be back. He loved attending his grandchildren’s sporting events and working alongside them. He had a great sense of humor and was a master at sarcasm. He was so loved by his family and we treasure the memories he left us with.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 12, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 240 N. Main Street in Huntington, with a viewing beginning at 9 a.m. Interment will be held immediately following services in the Huntington City Cemetery, State Route 31 and 400 West Street in Huntington.