On July 3rd, 2021, Melvin Johnson, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, cousin and friend, got called home to be with the Lord unexpectedly at 54. Born in Page, Arizona on February 12, 1967 to Max and Rose (Saganitso) Johnson, Melvin grew up in Coppermine just south of Page where he attended school. He graduated from Tuba City High School, where he excelled running track receiving many awards and medals. After graduating high school he came to Salt Lake City where he met Velma “Vel”. They got married and raised 4 children together as they kept traveling farther north and finally resided in Bountiful, Utah where they continued to raise their family. His love of adventure was fulfilled as he traveled the country for work where he ended up in Phoenix when he passed.
He was always the one who could turn a silent room into a burst of laughter with just a few seconds. Anyone that met him has a funny story to tell about him. He was never without a Utes baseball cap or his cowboy hat on his head. Mel was a lover of fishing, rock and roll, country music, rodeos, Utah Utes football and his Kansas City Chiefs. He was completely overjoyed when they finally won the Super Bowl. He was such a proud father and an even prouder Cheí (grandpa in Navajo). He would call his grandkids his little Chief’s fans. They all loved him immensely. We will always remember his hilarious sense of humor, his smile, his laugher and his ability to be able to fix absolutely anything! He was our handyman, sports coach, story teller, teacher, adventure seeking, bull-riding and lord loving man.
He is survived by his wife Vel; his children Rafael (Vernell), Deann (Aaron), Melvena, and Mika (Beau); his grandchilden (who called him Cheii) Kyle, Andruw, Ada, Kacie, Georgia, Aiden, Raiden, Scarlett, Mason and Michael; his mother Rose; his siblings Cecil, Calvin, and Doreen, and countless other family members and friends. Mel wouldn’t want anyone to be sad at his passing. When you think of him celebrate all the good memories and laughter he would bring. He’s not gone, he’s gone fishing.
Funeral services will be held Friday, 16 July, 2021 in the LDS church on 313 S. Lake Powell Blvd, in Page, Arizona at 11:00 AM with a viewing one hour prior to services. Arrangements were made with Mosdell Mortuary.