In Memory

Orville E. Johnson

Orville E. Johnson


Orville E. Johnson

June 19, 1943 ~ August 23, 1990


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -                                                                                                      

Orville E. Johnson, 45, died June 19, 1990, in Salt Lake City (cause unspecified in his obituary).  He was born August 23. 1944, in Brigham City, Utah, a son of Ecil and Clara Godfrey Johnson, and spent his childhood living in Wilson Lane, Utah in Weber County.

He attended Weber High School and graduated in 1962.  He later married Melva Tolhurst on May 29, 1967, in St. George, Utah.

Orville served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and was a member of the LDS Church.

He enjoyed leatherwork, hunting, fishing and gardening.

Orville's photo from obituary scan

Surviving were his wife Melva, Salt Lake City; two sons, Ecil B. Johnson and Terry G. Johnson both of Salt Lake City; one granddaughter, Shantelle Johnson, Salt Lake City.  Also surviving were his mother, Clara Johnson Davenport, North Ogden; two brothers and two sisters, Oleen Johnson, Tremonton, Utah; Leslie Johnson, North Ogden; Hettie Tuveson, Roy; Patsy Guymont, Ft. Collins, Colorado; and his step-sister Jana Bodily, Ogden.

Funeral services were held Monday at 11 a.m. in the Olsen-Meyers Mortuary, 205 S. 1st E. Brigham City, Utah.  Internment was in Brigham City Cemetery, where military honors were accorded by the VFW.  Funeral direction was provided by Myers Mortuary of Layton.

Other than the scan above, we have no post-Weber photos of Orville, but here is his picture from the 9th Grade Wahlquist Jr. High "Tumbleweed" year book.  

(Note: "Wilson" refers to the town he lived in, not his name.)  Any further information about his life, photos or comments will be much appreciated.

The Class of '62 thanks Classmates Earl Henstra, Tom Grimm and James Keller for their work in finding and preparing these materials for posting, and also extends its thanks to the Weber County Library for research assistance. Page posted 6/12/2012.  


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12/18/11 07:20 AM #1    

Dan Gibson

I don’t know that may people knew Orville well.  He grew up in Wilson Lane a few miles from me and we played together often when we were young.  He was a quiet kid, but I remember in elementary school when we would have big snowball fights you always wanted him our your side because he would just charge forward taking all kinds of hits to deliver one close blow.  I lost contact with him as  we got older and would be interested in reading any comments by others.

12/21/11 10:49 AM #2    

Kenneth (Kenny) Greenwell

I like Dan, did not know Orville very well, but I think he served in the Marine Corps at some time. Kenny 

02/15/12 10:22 PM #3    

Steven Spencer

Orville Johnson was a Marine a perfect Marine a real Jarhead (Ha Ha ) He was one of my Best Friends from the time he move to Wilson Lane until the day he die.

One summer, when I was about 14.  I broke my heel, and could not walk very far. He refused to leave me behind  so every where we went he would carry me piggy back all through the summer he carried me and never complaned

The most important thing in his life was he's family He's wife and children (Oh hell the truth is he care alot about every one that he knew).


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