Clyde Wallis Johnson


June 8, 1927 - February 13, 2014

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Clyde Wallis Johnson lived 86 years serving his fellowman through his work and church callings. He died Feb. 13, in Rowlett, Texas. Clyde was born June 8, 1927, and was the seventh child to John (Johan) Johnson (Person) and Ivy Alma Wallis, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Clyde and his devoted wife, Edith Ellen Vance Johnson had been married 64 years. To this union were both three sons and a daughter: Garth Vance Johnson (Lodi, Calif.), Michael Vance Johnson (Orem, Utah), Douglas Vance Johnson (Plano) and Debra Kay Johnson (Wylie).

Enjoying the companionship of diverse groups of people, Clyde applied his professional knowledge as a licensed clinical social worker and mental health administrator. He received his bachelorís degree from Brigham Young University, (Provo) in 1954 and a master of social work degree from the University of Washington (Seattle) in 1962.

His professional career spanned several decades, and he was licensed as a licensed clinical social worker, and affiliated with the Academy of Clinical Social Workers, Registered Social Worker, and National Association of Organists and Hobbyists.

Clyde was employed at the California Department of Mental Health, and was the administrator and rehabilitation manager for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City.

He served dutifully as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving as a bishop and member of the stake high council. He was a seminary teacher, and three times served as a missionary. As a young man, Clyde served in the New England States mission, then later in life with his beloved Edith, they served as missionaries in Singapore (India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Malaysia; and they served in Hong Kong, and a branch president in Macau. He and Edith also served at the missionary training center for four years in Provo, Utah.

His interests and avocations included being an Organists, where he played weekly at the Orem and Provo, Utah senior center. He wrote numerous musical compositions, and was the author of behavioral and religious philosophy.

Both of his parents were immigrants to the United States, from Sweden and England. Clyde was buried with full military honors, having served in World War II.