James Wallace JohnsonAugust 28, 1921 ~ April 12, 2017 (age 95)
James Wallace Johnson, our loving father, grandfather, great grandfather and great-great grandfather passed away April 12, 2017 in Highland at the home of his son from causes incident to age.
He was born August 28, 1921 in Panguitch, Utah, the third child of Vernon Raymond Johnson and Indra Marie Clark. His youth was spent in Circleville. After graduation from high school, he attended barber school in Salt Lake City. He married Adalia Delois Jensen from Junction on June 11, 1940 in the Manti Temple. He and Adalia had their first four children while they lived in Circleville. Wallace joined the Navy in 1944 during World War II where he served in the Pacific Theatre. The family moved to Springville in 1950 for a short time and then bought a home in Pleasant Grove where two more children were born. Dad worked at various jobs during the early years of their marriage including the saw mill on Beaver Mountain, as a truck driver, and as a laborer at Geneva Steel. He began his employment at the Utah State Prison in 1952 working in various positions including Corrections Officer and Chief Records and Identification Officer. He retired in 1977 after 25 years of service at the prison. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was an avid deer hunter and especially enjoyed camping and fishing with his family and friends. He loved being surrounded by and spending time with family. Wallace will be greatly missed by his family, but will live on in their memories and hearts.
He is survived by five of his children, Mike (Karen) of American Fork, Mark (Eilene) of Mesa, Arizona, Russell (Eileen) of Highland, Candyce (John) Johnson of Orem, and Craig (Jana) of Pleasant Grove; daughter in law, Judy of Kalamazoo, MI; brother, Joel (Nonna) of Marysvale UT; and sister, Olga (Raymond) Homer of Pleasant Grove; 27 grandchildren, 96 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Adalia in 2015; their oldest son, Pat in 2009; three grandchildren, Chris, Jodi and Melissa and by his siblings: Morris, Beth, and Verna.
The family would like to thank American Fork South Beehive Home and Encompass Hospice Care and their staff, especially Carrie, for the care they provided during his last days.
A visitation will be held on Sunday evening, April 16, 2017 from 6-8 pm at Olpin Family Mortuary, 494 South 300 East, Pleasant Grove. Funeral services will be held Monday, April 17 at 10:00 am at the Timpanogos Stake Center, 800 North 100 West, Pleasant Grove where family and friends may call from 9:00-9:45 am prior to services. Interment will be in the Pleasant Grove City Cemetery where military honors will be conducted. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.