Fred S Johnson

Fred S Johnson, 84, of Spanish Fork, Utah, passed away peacefully surrounded by the ones he laughed

with, lived for and loved on May 12, 2017. Born in Spanish Fork, Utah to Arthur S. and Lilly Jameson

Johnson on February 20, 1933. Fred came from a large family where he was one out of ten children.

Fred served his country during the Korean War and still had stories of his military experience till the day

he passed. Fred worked as a Blast Furnace Foreman at Geneva Steel for 31 years and later retired. To fill

up his spare time he became employed with Nebo School District as a custodian. Fred enjoyed many

things in life such as: Fishing up at Strawberry Reservoir with Family and Friends, Family hunting trips,

Trapshooting up at the Spanish Fork gun club, where he was a long time member. He was also a long-

time member of The Elks Lodge. Fred’s later passion in life was showing off his ’77 Chevrolet Pickup in

which he received numerous ribbons and trophies. When Fred was in high school his father allowed him

to drop some classes so he was able to take woodworking for 4 hours a day. In which, he became an

amazing craftsman who created many memorable items that we all have the honor to cherish and

remember him by. Fred was very family oriented and enjoyed spending time with his brothers and

sisters. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to whomever needed it, one of the many great

qualities he had.


He married Deanna Taylor and was later divorced. Together they have a son, Gregory Edward Johnson.

Fred was an extremely devoted father, he became Greg’s baseball coach in his younger years. He passed

on many life skills and “The Johnson” way, which will be continued. They enjoyed spending time

together throughout the years and as the times went on his greatest joys were his great grandchildren.

It was always the first thing he asked about when having a conversation with him.


He is survived by his son, Gregory E. Johnson (Traci), Grandchildren, Macord Johnson (Emily), Braden

Johnson, Christopher Lamb (Chelsie), Jenifer Shepherd (Derrick) and Spencer Lamb and many great

grandchildren. Brothers, Shirl Johnson (Vivien) and Scott Johnson and Sister, Dawn Johnson Peery. Also

survived by step-daughters Brenda Bauer (Brad) and Tammy Moffitt (Gary) and step son, Joseph (Dub)

Smith (Audra).


A visitation will be held on Saturday May 20, 2017 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Walker Funeral Home, 187

South Main Spanish Fork, Utah. A graveside service will follow at11:00 a.m. at Spanish Fork Cemetery,420 South 400 East, Spanish Fork, Utah.


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  1. Wayne H Wright

    I worked with Fred in the Blast Furnace dept. I always enjoyed his good humor. A very positive person about all aspects of his life. I have not seen Fred in 30 years but he had a great influence on my life. Thank you for the years I spent with you at Geneva Steel. I will always remember.

  2. Marcia Dibble

    Shirl and Scott,
    I am so sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. I miss his stories, quick wit and jokes. I always looked forward to talking to him and hearing about his life experience. RIP Fred

    David and Marcia Dibble

  3. Janice (Parker) Nielson

    I had great memory of my uncle Fred coming up to Highland to visit us. He asked if I wanted to go on first motorcycle ride. I sure did. I am sure my father and mother wasn’t that great on the idea of me on motorcycle but they let me go. We had a blast. He would come up to the house in Highland often to visit us and we went to Spanish Fork to visit him as well. He will be greatly missed. Thank you Uncle Fred for the memories. Love Janice (Parker) Nielson daughter of Joyce Taylor and William R. Parker

  4. Hi Fred – I will miss you at the Old Folks Home (Elks)
    Gary Smith – Friend.

  5. Heather Johnson

    Hi Greg,

    I’m thinking these memories are mostly for you and your children. Out of the 5 brothers my father had your Dad and Uncle Shirl are my favorite uncles.

    My two favorite precious memories of your Dad, my Uncle Fred are:

    1. When we (my sisters and the other cousins) were really young, Uncle Fred would tease use that he took our noses. ..and YES, we actually believed him, till we knew better, and did our very best to get our noses back. 😉

    2. My ABSOLUTE MOST Fond Beloved Influential Childhood Life Memory that involves our family, and your Father, is that when we were kids (Raquel, Amberly and I), we would get to go to Grandma Johnson’s house every Saturday with my Mom and Dad for many years.. Only on those Saturdays, we would get to have probably at most a 1/4 to 1/3 cup of Grandma Johnson’s strong delicious stove percolated coffee. My sisters and I would add an overwhelming plethora of powdered coffee creamer and sugar. Mostly your father and also Uncle Shirl would give us a hard time telling us that ICELANDERS Drink their coffee BLACK. We would giggle, tell them okay and that we liked our candy coffee. THIS reoccurring beloved family gathering situation is one of the most profoundly influential beloved memories in my life.



  6. Bruce Thompson

    So sorry for your loss

  7. Bruce

    So sorry for your loss

  8. Justin Skillings

    We will miss Fred working in his beautiful yard and pulling his classic car out to go for a ride!I am already missing the little chats from across the fence and seeing him tinkering in his yard!we have lost the best neighbor anyone could ever have!We miss you Fred!! Rest in peace!Love Justin and Lori