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1935 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
STAN JOHNSON Las Vegas bade farewell Saturday, June 3, 2017 to local steel contractor and businessman, Stan Johnson. Born in the middle of the Great Depression on Sept. 10, 1935, in Mullen, Idaho, Stan was the son of Harold Johnson, a Swedish immigrant coal miner, and Martha Charlotte Sanborne Johnson, the daughter of a coal miner. To say Stan came from humble beginnings would be an understatement. He lost his father at the age of five and was raised by his widowed mother with his older brother, Vern Johnson, in the small towns of Paonia and Somerset, Colorado. After the end of World War II, the Johnsons moved to Spring City and later to Provo, Utah, where he graduated high school. His unparalleled work ethic manifested itself at a very young age. Stan began working at the age of 12 when he hitchhiked from Utah to San Francisco (without the knowledge of his mother who was worried sick) to pick strawberries and work odd jobs to pay for school and help support his mother and brother. Every summer thereafter, until he graduated high school, he would set his sights west, raise his thumb, and work to help support his family. Stan came to Las Vegas in 1962 as a proud member of Ironworkers Local 433, which he had joined in October 1954. He ran the structural steel division for Taylor Steel until the owner, Dick Taylor, passed. With only a Ford truck, a borrowed welder and reputation as an honest and hard worker to his name, Stan opened his first business, Steel Incorporated, in 1969. Stan accomplished whatever he set his mind to in business and life in general. Through all the trials and tribulations and after many years of backbreaking work, Stan built his empire and achieved the American Dream in the process. He was an example of what a little elbow grease, American ingenuity, and gumption can accomplish. In the years that followed, Stan opened Triangle Steel and Nevada Prefab Engineers. He mentored countless other young men to achieve their dreams of opening their own businesses. He was a fair man to work for and he enjoyed the admiration of his employees and fellow contractors alike. Stan was also an avid sportsman. He hunted and fly fished, but his true passion was king salmon fishing in the Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia. Twice a year, every year, he would take his son Quinn or lure one of his close unsuspecting friends on what was supposed to be a relaxing sport fishing vacation. As soon as he climbed into one of those 15-foot boats in the northern Pacific however his work ethic and competitiveness took over. Fishing with Stan was no vacation, it was an Ironman fishing expedition that would often last over 18 hours a day. As in business, his hard work paid dividends as Stan often brought home first prize for the biggest salmon of the season. He even achieved the rank of Master Fisherman twice for catching a 50 lb. Salmon under Tyee rules. Stan loved a good practical joke and was a master of them. He also loved his fast trucks and was known within the family for watching his job sites from them with binoculars. His attention to detail and his quest for perfection and "getting it done right the first time" are well known throughout the industry. He actively ran his businesses until the very end. Few men live lives of such integrity, humility and grace as did Stan. Honest, honorable, affable and handsome, at six-foot-one, 200 pounds with broad shoulders, Mr. Johnson made an impression wherever he went. His wisdom and wits, his blood and his sweat, are welded into Las Vegas, from its foundations to its skylines. Everywhere the eye reaches along the I-15 corridor, it falls on something that Stan Johnson either built or made happen. Stan Johnson leaves behind his beloved wife, Connie Johnson; his son, Quinn Johnson of Huntington Beach, Calif.; and his daughters, Melony Johnson Willis, Kristine Johnson and Kara Tolbert, all of Las Vegas. Stan Johnson's legacy includes two grandsons; seven granddaughters; 10 adoring great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Stan's family was his treasure. He was their hero. Stan is also survived by his older brother, Vern Johnson, and his wife, Irene, of Las Vegas; and his sisters, Linda Ransdell and Toni Jean Hurst of Utah. According to Stan's wishes, there will be no public service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Stan's favorite charity, Las Vegas Rescue Mission. On Saturday, June 3rd, Mr. Stan Johnson led his family through one last lesson of love and grace, in peace and dignity, as he passed peacefully at home, like a true king, in his own castle. Las Vegas bids farewell to a true "Man of Steel."
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