Douglas Johnson Obituary (1940 – 2021) – Salt Lake City, UT

Douglas Wade



Douglas died on June 20, 2021, although we gradually lost him to dementia long before that.

Doug was born on October 16, 1940 to Herschell Wade Johnson and Genevieve Esberg Johnson in Ft Defiance, Arizona. His family moved to Brigham City, Utah, where he spent his early years and graduated from Box Elder High. He then attended Weber College and earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Phoenix. He proudly served in the U.S. Army Reserves and was honorably discharged in 1966.

In 1962 he married his wife Sandra Lee Day. His work then brought him to Oregon, where their daughter was born. They later returned to Utah, where their son was born, and Doug opened, owned, and operated The Paint Shop, an auto body repair shop. He later ran Dave’s Auto Body Shop. He then became a field expert for the nationwide insurance company.

His lifelong love of golf was underscored by a hole-in-one playing golf with his son at Entrada at Snow Canyon. He played many other sports and was particularly fond of skiing, basketball, jeeping, fishing, camping, visiting national parks, Utah sunsets, and spending time with his family.

Doug leaves behind his wife Sandra, daughter Kristen Lynn, son David Wade (Spring), four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and his sister Peggy Johnson Baczuk. His parents and half-sister Pauline Nelson of Fresno, CA preceded him in death.

We thank Dr. Frederick Gottlieb for his kindness and care. Special thanks go to the staff and management of Summit Memory Care and the wonderful people at Harmony Hospice. Thanks also to Nancy Lusk of SL County Aging Services and her home carer Melissa.

A celebration of life will be held at the Chateau in Le Jardin, 1910 East Dimple Dell Road, Sandy, Utah on Saturday, July 10th. Friends can come by anytime between 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Instead of flowers, please bring your favorite memories of Doug. Condolences are available to his family online at

Published by The Salt Lake Tribune June 30 to July 4, 2021.

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