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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Remembering Sammy

Though Sammy was a member of our family for such a very, very short time, the impact of his death has been like a boulder to the heart. Married to Whitney only a few short 6 months ago, Sammy has been stationed in Hawaii ever since the wedding and, as with so many of our young men protecting this country, not a day goes by that we don't think about him.

Now Sammy is at peace with our Father in Heaven and we will remember him always. My heart goes out to Sammy's parents and other family. We let our children go and we are so proud of them and their accomplishments. Our pride for our children is a powerful fire in our hearts and can never be extinguished.

LCPL Samuel Lee Johnson, 20, passed away on September 24, 2011 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

He was born in Logan, Utah on November 4, 1990 to Rex and Kelly Hyde Johnson. Sam grew up in North Logan, and graduated from Cache High.

He had a strong desire to serve his country, and started his military career just weeks after graduation. He encouraged others to do so as well. Sam trained at Fort Sill, OK. in field artillery, finishing second in his class. Sam was stationed at Kaneohe Bay in Hawaii, including a seven month deployment to Japan. He was proud to be a US Marine.

Sam was a member of the LDS church, and married Whitney Deffinger in March 2011.

Sam loved his friends and family, especially his little sister.

He loved sushi and food in general. He considered going to Culinary school after the Marines. He had a passion for a wide range of music genres, but preferred it heavy and loud.

He took Kenpo Karate in his youth, enjoyed scouting, video and computer games and played sports. He had a keen mind and amazing memory. Next to his infectious smile, Sam’s greatest attribute was his capacity to love and reach out to others. He was always ready with that mischievous smile and great big hugs. We are so proud to be his family.

Our heartfelt thanks for the love and support we have received at this difficult time. A special note of love and appreciation to those who have traveled long distances to be here to honor our Sammy. There is no greater tribute.

Sam is survived by his parents, sister Veronica, and grandmother Arlene Loosle Johnson. He is also survived by Whitney and her family. Sam had so many Aunts and Uncles and cousins that loved him, too many to list by name. He loved you all.

Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you... I loved you so-- 'twas Heaven here with you. Isla Paschal Richardson

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, October 7, 2011 in the North Logan 3rd Ward Chapel, 1850 North 400 East in North Logan.

A viewing will be held on Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Allen Mortuary of North Logan, 420 East 1800 North, and prior to services at the church on Friday from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Interment will be in the Smithfield City Cemetery with Military Honors. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Thank you, Whitney, for sharing these wonderful pictures of Sammy when we were working on your wedding invitations. My thoughts are for you too, as Sammy's wife for such a heartbreakingly short time.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Kind of early for this, isn't it?

Significant Fall storm beginning Wednesday (Oct. 5) and continuing into Saturday morning.

Two storms in the Pacific will move into the western U.S. and an Alaskan upper area of low pressure will move in and bring substantially cooler temps.