|Birth: ||Jun. 2, 1893|
|Death: ||Aug. 27, 1958|
by George McCoy Johnson
The Johnson Family Organization feels deeply the loss of its first president, Paul Gustave Johnson, who died suddenly August 27, 1958, of a coronary occlusion. The following is a brief history of his life.
Paul G. Johnson was born June 2, 1893, in Grantsville, the youngest child of Charles and Annie Olson Johnson. The family consisted of three girls and two boys in the following order: Mollie, Alice, Albert, Mabel and Paul. Their home was filled with love and unity and the parents were held in the greatest of respect and honor.
Paul often spoke of the admiration for his parents and the wonderful teachings given in the home. When Paul spoke of his father, he would often mention the great virtue of honesty that his father had. It could be said of Paul, as well as of his father, that he was an honest man.
As he grew into manhood, many responsibilities came to him. He served as city recorder in the year 1916. He took a business course at the LDS Business College part of the year 1916 and 1917. World War I broke out and Paul became one of the first volunteers. He was a private in the quartermaster corps. He later became a corporal
in the motor transport corps. He was mustered out in March 1919.
After his honorable release from the Army, he obtained work as a boy clerk for the Morton Salt Company at Burmester, Utah. (This plant has been torn down.)
From September 1921 to November 1923, Paul served an LDS Mission to the Southern States under the Presidency of Charles A. Collis. Here he did outstanding work. He not only preached the Gospel, but supervised the missionary work of eight to ten other missionaries. He served in the state of Ohio, then a part of the Southern States Mission.
After his return home, he worked at various jobs; he worked in the Deseret Merc. during the holiday rush. He later went into the poultry feed business for himself. His place of business was the old Gipson home on the corner east of the Deseret Merc. Building (now the Grantsville drug store and post office building). The Gipson home is now where Mervin Johnson lives.
In the year 1935, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service, gave him a job. Then in 1937, he became the postmaster of the Grantsville Post Office and held this office at the time of his death.
Paul held many church positions. He was a member of the Stake MIA for many years; superintendent of the Sunday in the 2nd ward, member of the Stake High Council and Stake Mission President. He was bishop of the Grantsville 2nd Ward for seven years. Previously he served in the ward bishopric for three years.
June 13, 1928, he married Laura Hudson in the Salt Lake Temple. Four children were born to them, three children are living, Jerry, James and Carol all are married and have children of their own. A great sorrow came to Paul and Laura when their son, Joe, was taken in death with Spinal Meningitis at the age of five years.
Paul was loved by young and old. He was thoughtful and patient. He always had a good word to say. He had a good sense of humor, could see the happy side of life as well as the serious and deep things.
He was a great preacher of the truth, by words and example. Many many sermons were preached at funerals which brought comfort to the sorrowing. He gladdened the hearts of all he could. Those people who were sick or in need were visited and blessed by Paul. He administered to the sick in their homes and visited them in the hospitals. Sympathy for all in need was one of the fine virtues of Paul. He administered to the sick in their homes and visited them in the hospitals. Sympathy remembered those here on earth, but he went to the House of the Lord and did work for the dead. His was a great love for his dead ancestors and there was always in his heart a desire to search out his past progenitors and perform the work for them in the Temples of the Most High.
Paul was ever true and faithful to every trust given to him. His influence will live down through the ages. The people of Grantsville mourn the loss of a great and noble man. His surviving wife, Laura, two sons Charles G. (Jerry), and James A. (Jimmy) and Carol and his five grandchildren can always be proud to have such a noble man as a husband, father and grandfather.
The Johnson Family Organization has lost one of its main pillars of strength.
Funeral services were held Saturday, August 30, 1958, in the Grantsville 2nd Ward Chapel. The Chapel was filled to capacity which was an expression of the love and high esteem held for Paul, a man who served his fellowmen and loved the Lord with all his heart, might, mind and strength to the end. The riches of Heaven are his.
Charles Johnson (1835 - 1922)
Anna Olson Johnson (1858 - 1929)
Laura Amelia Hudson Johnson (1905 - 2003)*
Joseph Rey Johnson (1931 - 1936)*
Augusta Caroline Johnson Soderborg (1852 - 1919)**
Alexander Johnson (1870 - 1943)**
Annie Josephine Johnson Worthington (1880 - 1955)*
Mary Matilda Johnson (1882 - 1882)*
Alice Alfretta Johnson McMichael (1886 - 1967)*
John Albert Johnson (1887 - 1964)*
Mable A Johnson (1890 - 1970)*
Paul Gustave Johnson (1893 - 1958)
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