Quantcast

Obituary: JOHNSON, FERDINAND T

Published: Friday, Dec. 19 2014 10:35 a.m. MST

Ferdinand T. Johnson8/20/1919 ~ 10/18/2077Ferdinand T. Johnson, Lieutenant Commander USNR , (Ret.) "Ferd" or "Johnny", 92, born 20 August 1919 to Anton and Gertrude Salthammer Johnson in Roth, North Dakota, died 18 October 2011. He graduated from Souris High School in North Dakota, and North Dakota State University. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in November 1941. He was in San Francisco waiting to leave for the Phillippines when Pearl Harbor was attacked. His orders changed and he was sent to Pearl Harbor to work in Naval Intelligence. He was on special 2-week assignment to Washington, D.C., where he met his sweetheart, Mary Lorraine Haynes, a cute WAVE. They corresponded and were married in the Navy Chapel in Washington, D.C. on 15 May 1945, and were sealed later in the Cardston, Alberta LDS Temple. He was stationed in Washington, D.C. as a Lt. Commander and worked in the National Security Agency. They moved to Ronan, Montana where he taught history and coached at the high school. They then moved to Idaho where he taught and coached football and baseball.In 1950, he was recalled to active duty in Washington, D.C. for assignment to the National Security Agency. He was an Assistant Adjutant General and developed their records management program. They moved to Salt Lake in 1958 where he taught at South High before being hired as the first records manager for the State of Utah in 1960.He then served as the Records Manager for the University of Utah from 1969-1984.He was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in many positions including Sunday School teacher, home teacher, scoutmaster, stake missionary, Seventies president, stake mission president, stake athletic director, High Councilor, Bishop, family history center director and consultant. He worked for 13 years on the Ellis Island project. He also served as president of Bonneville Little League baseball, trustee for the International Visitors-Utah Council and a Salt Lake City Volunteer Police Chaplain for many years.Survived by children: Jackie (Gordon) Nicholl; Vicki Pounders; Craig; Ginger (Tom) Evans, 8 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Marie Haynes, and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his wife of 57 years Mary Lorraine; his parents; sisters Minnie and Marie; brothers Henry, Clarence and Ivan; son-in-law Dudley Pounders; and grandson John A. Evans.Funeral services are Saturday, October 22, 2011 10:00 a.m. Cottonwood Heights 4th Ward (2522 E. 6710 S.) with a viewing Friday, October 21, 2011 at Mountain View Memorial (3115 E. 7800 South) from 6-8 p.m., and one hour prior to services at the church. On line condolences may be made at memorial@memorialutah.com