Darrow Brown Johnson was born to Narvol Arthur Johnson and Della Brown on March 31, 1932, in Kanab, UT. He was sealed to his high school sweetheart, the late Charlene Hamblin, who he affectionately referred to as Shaun, on July 15, 1952, in the St. George LDS Temple. They had an “Unforgettable” romance for 64 years.
Darrow proudly served in the United States Army. He was honorably discharged as a Specialist Third Class on December 16, 1955.
In his youth, Darrow worked the Nipple Ranch with his dad, grandfather and great-grandfather. He had a tremendous work ethic. He loved physical labor and keeping his hands busy. Darrow knew how to have a good time as well. He loved a good laugh and practical jokes, whether that be relocating cattle across town without the owner’s knowledge or blowing up outhouses.
His hobbies included: ranching, horses, fishing, welding, drawing- especially western scenes, and gardening. Darrow and Charlene had a beautiful yard. Darrow’s favorite thing in life was working the ranch. Darrow’s lifelong dream was to own his own ranch. He made that dream a reality and spent as much time as possible at Lower Deer Spring Ranch. He loved hosting his family there.
Darrow was known as a quick shooter and won competitions at Western Days. He loved teaching his children and grandchildren to shoot. Darrow loved double-stuffed Oreo cookies and always had a stash. He loved his family and showed them through his “swift kicks in the rear”. He loved to dance, especially the funky chicken.
He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He loved serving in any capacity he was called and otherwise. Darrow loved attending the temple with his sweetheart and love of his life, Charlene.
By trade, Darrow was a heavy equipment mechanic. He was known as a fair businessman. He was an active, proud member of his local engineer’s union. Along with his brother Scott, Darrow ran Johnson’s Heavy-Duty Repair and Welding.
Darrow and Charlene called various places home, including Kanab, Southern CA, KY, OK and TX. Above all, through all the moves his favorite place was Kanab, UT. Kanab was home and he couldn’t wait to return.
Darrow is survived by his brother Scott Johnson; children Darrow Curtis, Cynthia, Kevin Hamblin and Wallace Scott; and his many beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his eternal companion, Charlene; grandsons Damian and Orry; and great-grandchildren Jackson and Lilly.
Funeral services will be held February 13, 2021, in the Kanab UT Kaibab Stake Center. Arrangements made with Mosdell Mortuary of Kanab. Viewing will be at 10am, service to follow at 11pm.
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