Fred N. Johnson passed away May 9 at his home at the age of 71, with his wife, Betty; son, Luther; daughter, Cindy; and son-in-law, Chris Matranga, by his side.
Fred was born in Meeker on his grandfather's ranch Sept. 3, 1940. His parents were Fred and Edna (Van Cleave) (Johnson) Stovall.
He joined the Navy in 1958 and met the love of his life, Betty McAlary, while on leave before going to his station in Hawaii. They were married June 5, 1961, in Hawaii.
He spent 21 years in the Navy. He went through seven different campaigns during Vietnam, including Operation End Sweep. He retired as a chief radioman and then taught school for 16 years for San Diego Community College District.
He moved to Lake Havasu City in November 1997 and worked for the Havasu Adult Bookstore, Johnson and Manley Lumber Yard and the London Bridge Course Golf Club.
He was a member of the Elks, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He organized and was also president of the American Legion Golf Club for a few years, then moved the league from there to the VFW and renamed it the Rowdies Golf League, which meant he met too many good people to mention. "So to all my friends and family, don't mourn. Be like me and be thankful of the full life I have had with all of you."
Fred leaves behind his wife, Betty (McAlary); his son, Luther (Michele); daughter, Cindy Matranga (Chris); sister, Verla; brother, Warren; grandsons, Luther Jr. (Erin), Nick, David (Courtney), Josh, Michael and Matthew. Preceded in death, Fred's sister, Nellie.
Services were held at Lietz-Fraze Chapel on May 12. Thoughts and condolences may be submitted to the family at www.lietz-frazefuneralhome.com. Arrangements were placed under the care of Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home and Crematory.