Benjamin Melvin Johnson passed away May 10, 2020, after a courageous battle with Myelofibrosis a very rare bone marrow cancer, a battle he could not win. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Fred and Mabel Johnson. He joined the Navy and was honorably discharged in October 1961. After working in the uranium mines he became an MSHA Investigator then progressed to special investigator with DOL MSHA division from which he retired in 1996.
In 1983 he met the love of his life, Lynette, and they were married in September 1984. They traveled the world, danced at every opportunity, avidly fished both fresh and salt waters, skied, golfed, enjoying each day to its fullest. Wintered happily 22 years in Mexico with his best fishing mate, Lynette - many times letting her catch the biggest and/or the most fish.
Survivors include wife, Lynette; son Travis Johnson and daughter Jamie Johnson from previous marriage to Loretta Looney which ended in divorce. Also surviving: son Scott (Brenda) Bulla; daughter Michelle (Lynn) Bulla; grandchildren Sara (Brian) Paulsen, Evan (Angela) Bulla, Jena Ozimek; great-grandchildren Braedyn, Bailei, Adelyn; along with six sisters: Jacquie Fotheringham, Temmie Murphy, Lana Harkness, Linda Erwin, Neichia Beshore, Tenna Johnson; and five brothers James, Ellis, Barry, Harry, Tom as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Fred.
He was a fantastic dancer, best dressed, sported a magnificent mustache, had a warm engaging smile, and beautiful blue eyes. He will be greatly missed by all. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to HopeWest Hospice, 3090B N. 12th St., Grand Jction, CO 81506
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory. View the internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at taylorfuneralservice.com