John Lamar Johnson, age 85, passed away on July 7, 1998, from causes incident to age.
Lamar was born in Heber City, Utah on March 21, 1903, the eldest son of John L. Johnson and Lillian Waddell. While still very young, he moved with his parents and family to the Uintah Basin, finally settling in Tabiona, where they made their home. His early schooling was in Tabiona, followed by high school in Heber, where he graduated from Wasatch High School. He married his long-time sweetheart, Reba Turnbow, and they made their home in Tabiona, where five of their six children were born. Lamar worked with his father and brothers in the family sawmilling business until 1943, when he moved his family to Provo to be nearer to BYU, and eventually settled in Orem in a new home Lamar built himself. He and Reba continued to live in this home until March 29th of this year when health conditions made it necessary to move into an assisted living home in Pleasant Grove.Lamar was largely a self-taught accountant and was thorough and meticulous in his work. In addition to his service as Duchesne County Clerk, in Orem he worked for many years as office manager for Bunker Feed Company. After his retirement from this position he served many years as Deputy Assessor for Utah County, a position he held until 73 years of age. He was always a perfectionist in the things he did, and this along with his beautiful penmanship made him an outstanding, sought after bookkeeper.
Active in the LDS Church his entire life, he served an LDS mission to the Northern States. Lamar served as a bishop in the Tabiona Ward, and as a stake clerk for over seventeen years, under three different stake presidencies in Duchesne and Orem stakes. He and his wife, Reba, were ordinance workers in both the Salt Lake and Provo LDS Temples for 15 years. They were in the first group called to work in the then new Provo Temple. In 1971 Lamar was called as Patriarch for Orem Stake, serving for many years until receiving emeritus status.
Lamar and Reba are the parents of six children; Glena (Joe) Moody, Delta; Wilda (Howard) Smith, Springdale; J. Lorus (Norma) Johnson, Roy, Utah; Milton Lee Johnson, Mesa, Arizona; Richard (Soni) Johnson, Sharpsburg, Georgia. Their first child Lisle, died in infancy. Lamar is survived by his wife, Reba, his five children, sister, Lila Butterfield and brothers, Andrew and Sylvan Johnson. Preceded in death by parents, son, Lisle, brothers Ronald, Wallace and Olaus, grandson, Larry Smith, great-grandchildren Deonne Smith and Jamin Chatterton. They have 30 grandchildren, 87 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, July 11, 1998 at 11 a.m. in the Sharon Park 4th Ward LDS Chapel, 150 East 600 North, Orem. Friends may call Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary , 495 South State St. and also one hour prior to the services at the ward chapel. Interment: Tabiona City Cemetery.
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