Clyde Spencer Johnson Sr.


Posted: Sunday, September 19, 2004


  Clyde Spencer Johnson Sr.

Clyde Spencer Johnson Sr.

Longtime Kenai resident Clyde Spencer Johnson Sr. died Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004, while going hunting with his sons at their cabin in Nikiski. He was 74.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kenai. Bishop Garth Reid and Kearlee Wright will officiate. Burial will be at the Kenai City Cemetery following services. Pallbearers will include Mr. Johnson's three sons, Larry Lowenstein, Nate Kiel, Kelly Bookey, Jim Bookey and Hank Brunner. A reception will follow the burial at the church.

Mr. Johnson was born April 29, 1930, in Nephi, Utah. He entered into the U.S. Army and served in the Korean Conflict until he was honorably discharged. He moved to Kenai in 1972 and began working for the city of Kenai in 1975 as the water-wastewater foreman until he retired in 1994. He also worked various jobs in the oil field and construction.

Mr. Johnson enjoyed hunting, fishing, four-wheeling and going to the cabin.

"Dad's life revolved around his three sons and two grandchildren. Clyde loved going to the cabin and was often sharing his adventures with his coffee buddies. He helped many in the community, made many people smile and thought that donuts, candy and ice cream were life staples," his family said.

Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his parents, Ervin and Leila, and his brother-in-law, Gene Rapier.

He is survived by his son and daughter in-law, Clyde "Shorty" and Gwen Johnson and their two children, Samantha and Conner, all of Kenai; sons, Pete Johnson and Gene Johnson, both of Kenai; stepdaughter, Sheila Fenn of Utah; sisters and brothers-in-law, Helen and Doyle Carlson of Kasilof and Afton and Ray Jensen of Hyrum, Utah; sister, Florence Rapier of Payson, Utah; brother and sister-in-law, Raymond and Gloria Johnson of Roy, Utah; and numerous nieces and nephews and extended family members.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Johnson's memory to the Nikiski Firefighters Association, Nikiski Firefighters Association Scholarship Fund or the John Heath Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 8508, Nikiski, AK 99635.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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