Clifton Ivan Johnson

4 Dec 1921 - 24 Dec 2009

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Clifton Ivan Johnson

4 Dec 1921 - 24 Dec 2009
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Clifton Ivan Johnson Obituary Clifton Ivan Johnson, 88, beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather and great-grandfather died peacefully Thursday, Dec. 24th, 2009 at his Bountiful, Utah home surrounded by his loving family. Born on a cold day in his family’s cabin on a ranch in Cleveland, Utah

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Clifton Ivan Johnson

Married: 2 Aug 1950

Farmington City Cemetery

311 Spencer Way
Farmington, Davis, Utah
United States


June 8, 2012


June 7, 2012

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Clifton Ivan Johnson Obituary

Contributor: dhs52 Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago

Clifton Ivan Johnson Obituary Clifton Ivan Johnson, 88, beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather and great-grandfather died peacefully Thursday, Dec. 24th, 2009 at his Bountiful, Utah home surrounded by his loving family. Born on a cold day in his family’s cabin on a ranch in Cleveland, Utah on December 4, 1921 to John Ivan Johnson and Hildur Elizabeth Johnson. He was the eldest son and third of seven children. Due to his father’s health, the family moved to Salt Lake City in 1925 where his father started a career in insurance As a child, Clifton worked many jobs including selling newspapers and shining shoes. He attended South High School, and in 1943 graduated from the University of Utah where he earned a B.A. in Business (Latin), and was chosen to represent his school in Who’s Who. He was awarded a full-ride scholarship to Harvard Law School, which Harvard promised to hold until he returned from military duty. He walked the graduation line in his World War II Army uniform as a private in the infantry and was sent to Europe fighting through France, Holland and Germany, and participating in the Battle of the Bulge and the Crossing of the Rhine. Following VE Day he was chosen by General John F. Uncles to be the general’s Aid de Camp, later returning from post war Europe as a Captain in the fall of 1946. He retired from military service in 1965 as a Lt. Colonel. Upon returning from the war in Europe, he was called to serve a full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the New England States mission, 1947-1949, under President S. Dilworth Young. For much of his mission he served “without purse or script”. With his decision to go on a mission, Harvard Law School would not honor his scholarship for another extension. Upon returning from his mission he met the love of his life Josephine Jensen. Josephine became his eternal “Pal and Partner” on August 2nd, 1950 when they were married in the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As Cliff would always say, “she is the best thing that ever happened to me.” They are the parents of six faithful children and co-parents of their Indian placement son, Webster Mahone, Peach Springs, AZ. Who lived with them five years and remains a close member of the family. In 1949, Clifton enrolled in the University of Utah Law School. The following year his father had a heart attack, and was told by the doctor that he could no longer run his insurance business. In 1950, Cliff dropped out of Law School and took over his father’s business under Pacific National and by 1955 built it to the #1 agency in the company. He spent the rest of his own career in insurance and was honored and recognized on local, state, and national levels for his public service to the industry he loved. He was one of the few to repeatedly qualify for the Million Dollar Round Table and was a member for 43 years. He has been noted by observers in the business field as, “A man with integrity in every bone of his body”. Clifton learned well from his mother Hildur in his early years and became proficient in memorizing poems both in his youth and adult life. He loved pets especially his dogs, and they accompanied him throughout his life: growing up in the war on the mission, and at home. Clifton was and is an eternal optimist and missionary who sees only the good in people. He went out of his way to get to know people, serve people, love people, and bear testimony of the blessings that await them through the truthfulness of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. In 1969, Clifton left the insurance industry for a time to respond to a call from President David O. McKay to serve as President of the England Central Mission until 1972. Being able to serve with his “pal and partner” Josephine as mission parents to their missionary sons, daughters, and couples and live with the saints and people in England was a cherished blessing in his life. Clifton also served as Bishop of the Bountiful 4th Ward 1960-1969, Regional Representative for England, Scotland, Ireland, and South Africa, member of the Presidency of the Salt Lake Missionary Training Center, and Temple Sealer for 28 years in both the Salt Lake and Bountiful Temples. Clifton is preceded in death by his “Pal and Partner” Josephine Jensen Johnson and his sister LaVerne Briggs. Survived by: Children John Ivan (and Sonja) Johnson, Spokane, WA, Francine E. Johnson, Bountiful, UT, Leslie (and Rick) Watson, Anchorage, AK, Kathy Jo (and Rulan) Cook, Idaho Falls, ID, Scott (and Sherry) Johnson, Bountiful, UT, Timothy (and Trudy) Johnson, Farmington, UT; 26 grandchildren, four great grand children. He is also survived by his siblings Genevieve (Sherm) Gowan, Glendon (Bobette) Johnson, Marvin (Marilyn) Johnson, Joyce Taylor, Franklin (Kathleen) Johnson. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 2nd at 11:00 a.m. at the Buntiful 4th Ward Chapel, 102 E. 1400 S., Bountiful, UT. Additional viewing: Friday, January 1st, 6-8 p.m. at Russon Brothers Mortuary, 295 North Main, Bountiful, UT. Interment: Farmngton Cemetery. Online guest book at (Deseret News, Sunday, December 27, 2009)

Life timeline of Clifton Ivan Johnson

Clifton Ivan Johnson was born on 4 Dec 1921
Clifton Ivan Johnson was 18 years old when World War II: Nazi Germany and Slovakia invade Poland, beginning the European phase of World War II. World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all of the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most global war in history; it directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. In a state of total war, the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.
Clifton Ivan Johnson was 20 years old when World War II: Nazi Germany invades the Soviet Union in Operation Barbarossa. Nazi Germany is the common English name for Germany between 1933 and 1945, when Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party (NSDAP) controlled the country through a dictatorship. Under Hitler's rule, Germany was transformed into a totalitarian state that controlled nearly all aspects of life via the Gleichschaltung legal process. The official name of the state was Deutsches Reich until 1943 and Großdeutsches Reich from 1943 to 1945. Nazi Germany is also known as the Third Reich, from German Drittes Reich, meaning "Third Realm" or "Third Empire", the first two being the Holy Roman Empire and the German Empire. The Nazi regime ended after the Allied Powers defeated Germany in May 1945, ending World War II in Europe.
Clifton Ivan Johnson was 36 years old when Space Race: Launch of Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth. The Space Race refers to the 20th-century competition between two Cold War rivals, the Soviet Union (USSR) and the United States (US), for dominance in spaceflight capability. It had its origins in the missile-based nuclear arms race between the two nations that occurred following World War II, aided by captured German missile technology and personnel from the Aggregat program. The technological superiority required for such dominance was seen as necessary for national security, and symbolic of ideological superiority. The Space Race spawned pioneering efforts to launch artificial satellites, uncrewed space probes of the Moon, Venus, and Mars, and human spaceflight in low Earth orbit and to the Moon.
Clifton Ivan Johnson was 48 years old when During the Apollo 11 mission, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the Moon. Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first two people on the Moon. Mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin, both American, landed the lunar module Eagle on July 20, 1969, at 20:17 UTC. Armstrong became the first person to step onto the lunar surface six hours after landing on July 21 at 02:56:15 UTC; Aldrin joined him about 20 minutes later. They spent about two and a quarter hours together outside the spacecraft, and collected 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) of lunar material to bring back to Earth. Michael Collins piloted the command module Columbia alone in lunar orbit while they were on the Moon's surface. Armstrong and Aldrin spent 21.5 hours on the lunar surface before rejoining Columbia in lunar orbit.
Clifton Ivan Johnson was 51 years old when Munich massacre: Nine Israeli athletes die (along with a German policeman) at the hands of the Palestinian "Black September" terrorist group after being taken hostage at the Munich Olympic Games. Two other Israeli athletes were slain in the initial attack the previous day. The Munich massacre was an attack during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany, in which the Palestinian terrorist group Black September took eleven Israeli Olympic team members hostage and killed them along with a West German police officer.
Clifton Ivan Johnson was 68 years old when Cold War: Fall of the Berlin Wall: East Germany opens checkpoints in the Berlin Wall, allowing its citizens to travel to West Berlin. The Berlin Wall was a guarded concrete barrier that physically and ideologically divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989. Constructed by the German Democratic Republic, starting on 13 August 1961, the Wall cut off West Berlin from virtually all of surrounding East Germany and East Berlin until government officials opened it in November 1989. Its demolition officially began on 13 June 1990 and finished in 1992. The barrier included guard towers placed along large concrete walls, accompanied by a wide area that contained anti-vehicle trenches, "fakir beds" and other defenses. The Eastern Bloc portrayed the Wall as protecting its population from fascist elements conspiring to prevent the "will of the people" in building a socialist state in East Germany.
Clifton Ivan Johnson was 70 years old when The World Wide Web is opened to the public. The World Wide Web (WWW), also called the Web, is an information space where documents and other web resources are identified by Uniform Resource Locators (URLs), interlinked by hypertext links, and accessible via the Internet. English scientist Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989. He wrote the first web browser in 1990 while employed at CERN in Switzerland. The browser was released outside CERN in 1991, first to other research institutions starting in January 1991 and to the general public on the Internet in August 1991.
Clifton Ivan Johnson died on 24 Dec 2009 at the age of 88
Grave record for Clifton Ivan Johnson (4 Dec 1921 - 24 Dec 2009), BillionGraves Record 1373246 Farmington, Davis, Utah, United States