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Friday, May 3, 2013

Gift the gift of life!


In memory of our husband, father, brother, grandpa, uncle, cousin, neighbor and friend,  we encourage everyone to give the gift of life and become an organ donor.

THE NEED IS REAL

Today 117,840 people are waiting for an organ

18 people will die each day waiting for an organ

1 organ donor can save up to 8 lives

Tell us your favorite story.....

Dear Friends,

We have heard from so many of your during the past few weeks.  Many of you have shared wonderful stories and memories of our dad.  We would love it if each of you would post your story or memory and include a picture if you have one.  We will be compiling these into a book for all of the children and grandchildren.

Thank you for all of your prayers on our behalf during this difficult.  We have felt comforted by the outpouring of  love and support.



Curtis Thayne Johnson

September 24, 1949 – April 30, 2013

Curtis Thayne Johnson, 63, peacefully passed away at home on April 30, 2013 from multiple complications secondary to liver failure while waiting for an organ transplant.

Curtis was born on September 24, 1949.  He was the first born of five to Thayne and Iris Johnson.  During his childhood the family resided in Southern California where he is remembered as being an adventurous and active child who craved the outdoors.  Thayne and Iris loved taking the children on frequent outings in the family trailer.  Curtis delighted in being airborne, side by side with his father in the cockpit.  He always longed to be a pilot, but the need for vision correction thwarted him from achieving this dream.  Curtis and his dad enjoyed the scenic byways everywhere they traveled.  As a father, he never missed the dirt road less traveled that took us into the unknown, where some of the best memories were made.  The family relocated to Utah in the early sixty’s where Curtis found the mountains irresistible.  He summited his first mountain (Mt. Whitney) as a young teenager and later volunteered on the Mountain Rescue team as part of the BYU Alpine Club.  Curtis found great joy tinkering with electronics and achieved his amateur license as a Ham radio operator.  He is remembered for attempting to make his own hang glider, loving anything to do with water, and for his amazing marksmanship.

Curtis graduated from BY-High and obtained his Bachelors in Computer Science from Brigham Young University.  He enlisted in the United States Army and served for 2 years before his honorable discharge at the rank of SP5.  His polished typing and english skills influenced the General to “keep Curtis around”, and as a result he was spared from being deployed overseas.

Curtis was sealed for time and all eternity to his high school sweet heart, Barbara Jean Babb, in 1970 in the SLC temple.  They raised their four children in Pepperell, Ma. until 1985 when they returned to Provo, Utah.  Curtis was recruited after graduation by Digital Equipment Corporation and then later for Wang Laboratories and Novell.  His sense of adventure then led him on an entrepreneurial journey with the startup company DISX.  He was truly passionate about his final job as the manager of the American Fork LDS Employment Center where he enthusiastically coached a team of missionaries to help others find gainful employment.

Curtis was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  He was fondly nicknamed “sound guy”, “Mr. Fix-it”, “Papa Curt” or “BJ” by his ward family and friends.  .  He eagerly accepted callings throughout his life, but his time spent serving the youth was always his favorite.  He treasured his time spent with the Young Women at Camp Shalom and trekking with the boy scouts in the high Uinta’s.  Curtis could be called by anyone, anytime, anywhere and he would be there to get the job done.

We will never forget the countless hours he spent reading in his big Papa Curt chair and his never ending quest for knowledge.  He believed a spread sheet analysis should fix ANY problem.  He had a deep love for music and enjoyed listening to his children and grandchildren practice and perform.  We knew when the ward choir was scheduled to sing, because he would be giddy for days beforehand.  We will miss the popcorn that he popped in his whirly pop nearly every day, the roar of the lawn mower at the start of every family gathering and the anticipation of snowfall as an excuse to fire up the 4-wheelers and attach the plow.  He was our resident astrologist, librarian, weather man, swim coach, “jump or dive” caller, water polo referee, dive judge, music critic and the best Santa’s helper ever!

Curtis is survived by his wife of 43 years, Barbara; his four children Michael (Wendy), Rebecca (David) Mullen, Matthew (Kristin), Megan (Bryan) Hepworth; his siblings Darla Rogers, Terri Lee (Jon) Burgener, Kevin (Elizabeth) and Brian.  He will be greatly missed by his 13 grandchildren; McKenzie, Chase, KC, Cassidy, Alexis, Kiersten, Madilynn, David, Matisyn, Sammy, Emilyn, Abigail and Lucas.  There are countless nieces, nephews, cousins, “adopted” children and grandchildren and his best friend and ball of fluff, Kizzy that will miss him dearly.  He is preceded in death by his parents Harvey Thayne Johnson and Iris Helen Schlerf.

Funeral services will be held Monday, May 6, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Provo Sharon East Stake Center, 2400 N. 1060 E. in Provo.  Friends may visit with the family Sunday evening from 6-8 pm at Walker Sanderson Funeral Home, 646 E. 800 N. in Orem and at the church Monday morning from 9:00-10:45 a.m.  Burial will be at East Lawn Memorial Cemetery Provo, Utah.

In memory of our husband, father, brother, grandpa, uncle, cousin, neighbor and friend,
 we encourage everyone to give the gift of life and become an organ donor.

THE NEED IS REAL
Today 117,840 people are waiting for an organ
18 people will die each day waiting for an organ
1 organ donor can save up to 8 lives