Larry Johnson

Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, Larry Stephen Johnson, age 85, passed away on November 24, 2022, in Salt Lake City, surrounded by his loved ones.

Larry was born on April 26, 1937, in Preston, Idaho, to Merin and Edith Johnson. His family moved to Toole when Larry was very young and later to Salt Lake City. He served four years in the U.S. Navy and after his honorable discharge, he moved to Moab. Larry worked for 37 years for the City of Moab Water Department.

In Moab, he met and married his best friend and sweetheart, Mary LaVon Stocks, on June 29, 1963, and where they raised their family. Larry is survived by his loving wife, Mary; their 3 children, sons Stephen (Tanis) of Stansbury Park, Utah; Dan (Ronda) of Price, and daughter Cindy Stanton of Moab; his 7 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews; brother, Bob Johnson (Sharon); and sisters, Maurine Chestnut and Karen Nelson. He was preceded in death by his parents and many loved ones.

Larry lived life to the fullest. He loved rock hunting, camping, camp hosting, fishing, and traveling. He was known for his amazing woodworking skills, which we all benefited from; his tremendous BIG hugs and his huge smile. His great-grandchildren were his greatest joy. He loved playing in the dirt with them and spoiling them was his number one priority. He was known as “Mr. Fix It.” He was kind and generous to a fault. He was the biggest kid we all knew. He loved to have FUN and he helped us all to enjoy the simple pleasures of life. He was adventuresome, always looking for and trying new things, even going skydiving on his 79th birthday.

He was a dearly loved grandpa and uncle to all.

One of his great nieces summed up Uncle Larry as “a kind, gentle, selfless soul, that everyone who knew and loved him, will greatly miss.”

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 3 at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel on 400 North with livestreaming on the Spanish Valley Mortuary Facebook page and a viewing one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at the Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

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