Clifton Perry Johnson: 1916-2004
Clifton Perry Johnson died Dec. 15, 2004, at his home after a lengthy illness. He was 88.
Johnson was born June 15, 1916, in Vernal, Utah, to Perry and Rowena (Hatch) Johnson.
Johnson was raised and attended and school in Vernal. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He married Lona Leta Fields in 1947, and they later were divorced. He married Ella M. Humbert on May 12, 1991, in Casper, Wyo. In his earlier years, Johnson worked as a cowboy on various ranches working for his uncle Willis and on places near Blue Mountain and Willow Creek. After moving to Craig, he worked at the Gilsonite Plant for 27 years and retired as a shift boss. Johnson enjoyed working with his many tools and doing various carpentry type jobs.
Johnson is survived by his wife, Ella Johnson, of Craig; daughter, Clifta Rae (Bill) MacLeod, of Palm Bay Fla.; stepdaughter, Alda (Joe) Dalton, of San Antonio; stepsons Robert (Donna) Orr of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Jack Carr of Crowley; grandchildren Reva Kay Davis, Frances MacLeod, William (Andi) McLeod, Michelle Sollaway, Jessica Carr, and Joseph Dalton; and sisters Afton (Cecil) Massey of Vernal, and Zelma (Leonard) Chrisman of Casper.
Johnson was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Jeannie, Lorna, an infant sister, a brother, Broad, and an infant daughter, Lona Leta.
Services were held Dec. 20, 2004, at Grant Mortuary with David Carrick officiating. The organist was Anne Carr.
The selections were “Empty Cot In The Bunkhouse,” by John Allen, and “In The Garden,” by MarKay Anderson and Bill Caldwell.
Honorary pallbearers were Dennis Cullen, Charles Mansfield, and Norman Rule.
Military honors were given by the officers of VFW Post No. 4265.
Services were concluded at the mortuary.
Memorial donations may be made to the Northwest Colorado VNA and Hospice in care of Grant Mortuary.
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