LaVaughn H. Johnson
LaVaughn Henry Johnson, 70, of Santaquin passed away in the early morning hours on July 3, 2006. Born May 6, 1936 to Ernest Henry and Lucille Kinder Johnson. He was raised and attended school in Santaquin and Payson. At age 15, using his deceased brother’s birth certificate, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. His mother was notified and at his graduation from boot camp arrived to take him home until he was of age. At age 16 his father signed for him to once again enlist. He served 3 years in the Army and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy, retiring after 20 years of honorable service serving in Korea and Vietnam. While in the armed forces he traveled the world twice, yet never the United States.
Growing up horse back, he always had horses. He was an active member of the Cockleburr Riding Club and past member of the Outlaw and Goshen Valley Riding Clubs. He also had race horses. He taught his children and grandchildren to ride following them to 4-H shows and high school rodeo competitions. Up until recently when his health prevented it he was a dedicated fixture, front row, Saturday mornings at the livestock auction. It was common for him to surprise someone with the gift of a horse.
He was Military Police while in the Navy and later worked as a Police Officer in Goshen. He then went on to be a truck driver until retirement.
He married Clara Sackett in December 1958, they have 3 children. They later divorced but remained good friends. In June 1995 he met Christine Morris and they married Feb. 20, 2002.
“They completed each other”
Survivors include his wife, Chris, Santaquin; sons, Tim and Lynn Johnson, Payson; daughter, Teresa (Brad) Young, Payson; stepchildren, Joe, Pat and Danielle Morris, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; 10 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren; brothers, Wayne E. (Julie) Johnson, Santaquin, Richard Arlen (Janet) Johnson, Salem; many nieces, nephews and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Lynn Johnson, sisters, Deanna Garrett and Marie Limb.
Funeral services will be Thursday, July 6th at 11:00 a.m. in the Santaquin 6th Ward, 600 North 200 East. Friends may call at the Holladay-Brown Funeral Home, 66 South 300 East, Santaquin, Wednesday 6 to 8 p.m. and Thursday at the church from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Interment, Santaquin Cemetery with military rites by Santaquin American Legion Post 84.