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Howard Reed Johnson

07/13/1957 - 11/29/2019

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Our beloved husband, father, son and dear friend, Howard Reed Johnson passed away on November 29, 2019, in South Jordan, UT. The son of Freeman Keith and Ileen Judd Johnson, Howard was born on July 13, 1957 in Minneapolis, MN. Howard married Gabrielle Leslie Dobbs on April 30, 1994 in Manti, UT.

Howard had a love of singing and had been in multiple choirs. He also had a deep passion for Computer Science and computer programming, which lead to his career in becoming a Senior Software Engineer. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints having served a two-year mission and enjoyed being a Scout Leader.

Howard is survived by his wife Gabrielle and their son Marcus Tyler Johnson; mother Ileen; siblings: Karl, Marvin, Ann, Karen, Brian, Mark, Kristen and Jennifer. He is preceded in death by his father Freeman Johnson.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 6, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Garden Park 4th Ward Chapel, 4484 West Willoughby Drive, South Jordan, UT. Viewings will be held on Thursday night from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East Dimple Dell Road (10600 South) Sandy, UT and on Friday from 12:00 – 1:45 p.m. prior to services at the Ward. Interment will take place at the Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery following services on Friday.

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  • Howard and I were Fargo church friends. I was a few years older though.
    I am so sorry to hear of his passing and this loss. I have lost a wife and both of my parents so I too understand this void is.
    Remember that he near and you can’t see him. But he is very close. I don’t have in the back of my head but he is that close. This I know and may the good LORD bless you all.
    Roger Wimpfheimer
    Po box 931
    Loon Lake, Washington

    — Roger Wimpfheimer
  • Gabrielle, Marcus, Ileen and family,
    I’m so sorry to hear of Howard’s passing. He was a good man and it was an honor to get to know him.

    Sean Elder

    — Sean Elder
  • I heard from Roger only recently that Howard was in hospice.
    The winter postcard I sent to Black Twig Drive last week likely got there too late for him to see it…
    Singing and Scouts- yes we did that together in Fargo I was born in 1957 too…mortal life IS tough, but also fragile and ephemeral.
    So sorry for you loss, Gabrielle and Marcus. Ileenn and family too. Father Freeman will be at the head of the crowd welcoming Howard into his true Home.

    Love always,
    Joe Staples (Nagano City, JAPAN)

    — Joe Staples

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