Samuel Garth Johnson, amazing husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend, passed away at the age of 84 in his home in South Jordan, Utah, attended by his loved ones, on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.
He was born February 10, 1936, in Preston, Idaho, the oldest son of Samuel Hansen Johnson and Venna Holliday. He married his high school sweetheart, Geraldean Kent on June 2, 1954, in the Logan Temple. They just celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary.
He was a great example of perseverance and love. At the age of 13 he contracted polio and spent 3 months in the LDS Hospital. He loved to retell the stories of his time there, and how he would take care of the younger patients and tuck all the little ones in at night. This was a pattern in his life. He was always more concerned about others than himself.
Garth graduated from Utah State University with a degree in electrical engineering. He retired from Hercules Aerospace in 1992.
Garth and Geraldean served a family history mission together for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They also served together for many years in the baptistry at the Jordan River Temple and later at the Oquirrh Mountain Temple.
Together they raised 5 children, Kent Garth (Janice) Johnson, Steven Ray (Anne) Johnson, Kaylene (Stan) Sullivan, Robert Dean (Charon) Johnson, LeAnne (Mark) Schultz.
He found his greatest joy in continuing to care for Geraldean at home and visiting with his
It's all about family. family and friends. Although he thought he had beaten polio many years ago, the lasting effects of post-polio syndrome took their toll on his body, which finally gave out.
He is survived by his wife, Geraldean, a brother, Calvin Johnson, and a sister, Lois Atkinson, his children, 22 grandchildren, and 57 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his youngest brother, John Vurgal Johnson.
A memorial Service will be held at Allen-Hall Mortuary, 34 East Center in Logan, Utah, on Monday, July 6, 2020 at 11:00 a.m., with a viewing for family and close friends one hour prior to the service. Services will be live-streamed and may be viewed online at www.allenmortuaries.net by clicking on Garth’s complete obituary. Interment will be at the Lewiston City Cemetery following the memorial service.