Alvin Howard Johnson, 63, a prominent Salt Lake designer, general contractor and a leader in the equestrian community, died at his Salt Lake home Friday, Oct. 12, 1988, after a prolonged illness.

Mr. Johnson, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II, was born in Osborne, Kan., to James Peter and Mary Ann Brown Johnson. He married Maureen Erickson Sept. 3, 1948, in San Francisco.A graduate of the City College of San Francisco, he was an executive for the J.C. Penny Co. in San Francisco until he moved to Salt Lake City in 1954 to start a construction business.

Mr. Johnson was a volunteer director of the Utah State Fair Horse Show for 24 years and was recently honored by the State Fair and by the Utah All Breeds Horse Association for his accomplishments and contributions.

He was well-known supporter of the Utah Opera Company's Equestrian Elegance Benefit, which was for many years held at his farm in Midvale; a member of the Fort Douglas Hidden Valley Country Club and a member of its board of directors; and was a member of the Shadow Mountain County Club in Palm Deseret, Calif.

Funeral will be at noon Monday, Oct. 17, at 260 E. South Temple. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, and one hour prior to services Monday. Interment will be in the Salt Lake Mausoleum.