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Richard Donald Johnson

09/08/1974 - 06/18/2016
Service Date: 06/25/2016
Service Time: 11:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 19730 E. Ocotillo Rd., Queen Creek, AZ

Richard Donald Johnson, 41, passed away unexpectedly from health complications June 18, 2016 in Queen Creek, Arizona.  He was born in Logan, Utah on September 8, 1974.  He attended schools in Logan, Utah and Vienna, Virginia and graduated from James Madison High School in 1993.  He was an Eagle Scout and was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served an honorable mission in the Hungary Budapest Mission.  He loved serving people through the callings he held.  He truly displayed Christ-like attributes.

He attended Utah State University and graduated in May 2000 with a degree in accounting and a minor in finance.  He met his eternal companion Jennifer Farnsworth at Utah State where they became True Aggies.  They were married August 12, 1998 in the Logan, Utah Temple.

Rich loved music and played the trombone and guitar.  He was a member of the James Madison High School Symphonic and Marching Bands and continued at Utah State University in their Symphonic, Marching and Pep Bands.  He was a die-hard Denver Broncos fan.  He worked at Avnet for 15 years, first in accounting and recently as a senior financial analyst.

He touched the lives of everyone he met with his contagious smile.  He was an incredibly kind, tender, generous man who genuinely cared about people and was happy in life.  His wife and three girls were the light of his life and he loved them deeply.  He is survived by his wife Jennifer, his girls, Abigail (15), Paige (12), and Maren (10); his parents Don and Ellen Johnson of North Ogden, Utah, and Sheryl and Jerry Spriet of Smithfield, Utah; siblings Jennifer Perales (Fred), Stephanie Garaycochea (Damien), Lynn Stratton, Jesse Johnson, Todd Spriet (Nicole), Jennifer Dalton, Travis Spriet, and Eric Spriet; his in-laws, Scott and Leita Farnsworth, and all his wife’s family.  He was preceded in death by his brother David Pierson, grandparents Richard and Evalyn Yeates, Harold and Lola Johnson, Julius and Margaret Spriet, and Norman and Evelyn Moore. Funeral services are Saturday, June 25, 2016, at 11 AM, preceded by a visitation from 9 to 10:45 AM at the Queen Creek West Stake Center, 19730 East Ocotillo Road, Queen Creek.  Interment will be in the San Tan Memorial Gardens at Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek.



  • Jeffrey Heninger

    I love you, Cousin. Peace and Memories, until we meet again.

  • Kevin Farnsworth

    It is an honor to have Rich as a member of the family. With he and Jennifer living in Arizona I didn’t get to see them much, but when I did, Rich always had wore a smile and presented himself as a gentle and loving husband and father. Jennifer, as you’re walking alone and you see a penny, pick it up. It’s a sign that he’s watching over your and your girls 🙂

    Love, your “favorite” uncle,

  • So sorry to hear about your loss.Didn’t know you for long but felt like it was a long time..Rich was such a sweet guy and I really felt like he a very good man with a good family..He will be missed and will try to get to see you guys when I return to AZ

  • Dick and Terie Snyder

    We are so sorry to hear of Rich’s passing. We will miss his wonderful smile. He was such a joy to be around. We always felt like ha and his family were part of our family. We’re sorry we can’t be there Saturday,but we will be thinking of all his family, especially Jen and the girls. We take comfort in knowing he is with our Heavenly Father. Maybe he will even meet our son, Brad. They would be the same age now. We love you and are praying for God’s comfort and peace for you all.🙏🏻❤️

  • My heart goes out to Jenn and the girls. May God give you strength and comfort at this most difficult time.

  • I’m sorry for your loss. May you gain comfort through your many prayers (Psalm 65:2), along with the prayers of others in your behalf.

  • Bill and Karen Stringham

    We will miss Richie greatly. We always loved visiting Arizona with Don and Ellen there and Richie joining us for a round of golf. Our love and prayers go out to Jennifer and the girls. We love you all and pray that you will always remember Richie’s wry smile and gentle chuckles.

  • Kim and Claudia Lambourne

    Condolences to Jenn and the family. Rich will be sorely missed. We truly loved him. Prayers go out to the family at this time.

  • I am so sorry to hear about Rich, He was as lovable as all those Johnson’s are! My heart goes out to all of you.

  • We will miss you Rich, especially at the Priesthood sessions of Conference

  • Lorraine Eborn

    Don, so sorry, you have had enough sorrows and loss. I’m thinking about you and may you find peace in the gospel plan.

  • Condolences go out to Jen and the family , you are in our prayers.

  • Keith Yeates Family

    Our Condolences to Jen and the family, you are in our prayers at this time. Keith Yeates family

  • I am so sorry for your loss Jen & girls.

  • Edit and Jeno Erdosi

    Jen, thanks so much for visiting us in Bountiful, UT last year. Such a pleasure to know you and the girls. Our condolences to you and your family, You and Rich are such a kind spirit and a really great couple. And you will be reunited again! We love and respect you very much! We loved him as well and had great memories with him on the mission. Our family just heartbroken about this news but glad we will be met again!

  • To Mr. Johnson’s family, I’m very sorry for your loss. It’s my hope that you can draw comfort and strength from Jehovah God’s promises in the Bible at Revelation 21: 3, 4 and John 5: 28, 29. He promises that there will soon be a time when there will be no more pain, sickness, or death, and we will see our dead loved ones again. Please accept my deepest condolences.

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