Garth Thomas Johns, 69, of Glenwood, passed away February 16, 2023, in Provo, surrounded by his family. He was born March 14, 1953, to W. Vernal and Lois Afton Sherman Johns and was the 5th of 10 children. His early childhood was spent in Ogden. His family moved to Monroe when he was in the first grade. He was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 11 and struggled throughout his life with diabetes-related health issues.
He married Melody Ethel Bailey in Glenwood, on August 11, 1973. The marriage was later solemnized in the Manti Temple.
After not being able to have children for the first several years of their marriage, Garth and Melody were able to adopt a baby girl, Tiffany Ann Johns. Garth promptly had her up on a horse, along with any niece or nephew who came to visit. Eight years later, their son, Courtney Thomas Johns was born, and eighteen months after that, they welcomed their 2nd son, Dillon James Johns, into the family. Garth was a proud papa. He spent a lot of time teaching his kids how to work hard, build things, and take care of animals.
Garth grew up on a dairy farm owned by his father, so he was used to hard work. Throughout his working years, he was employed at Anderson Floral, Larsen's Ace Hardware, Kay Staples masonry work, L.A. Young, Cox Rock Products, Rasmussen Trucking, and Barney Trucking. He drove truck most of his life and took pride in what he did. His trucks always had to be clean and chromed.
He was creative and crafted decorations out of everything from horse shoes and beads to bundles of corn. He made the plaques for Tiffany's 4-H horsemanship club one year, and was very proud when she won a few of them.
He liked to hunt and fish until his health slowly took the ability to do those things away from him.
His sons would play with the neighborhood kids near the road they lived on, and after having too many people speed past his home and his family, he found an old 25 MPH sign and put it up. It's still standing 20+ years later.
He teased his nieces and nephews A LOT. At every family reunion, you could hear "Uncle Garth!" exasperatedly shouted from random corners as he'd startle or tease one of his siblings' children. He enjoyed ruffling people's hair, especially when they were trying to look nice.
Like many of his siblings, he suffered from cancer, but he beat it. With all of his health challenges, he had taken enough life-flight and ambulance rides to be enough for his whole family. He even had the claim to fame of being dead for a while and being brought back to life. He was a miracle. His family was told many times that he wouldn't make it, but he'd rally back. He was told he wouldn't live past the age of 40, but with the care and support given by his wife, and being a fighter his whole life, he lived to within 1 month of his 70th birthday.
He is survived by his wife, Melody, of Glenwood; his children: Tiffany, Richfield; Courtney, Glenwood; and Dillon, Ferron; his siblings: Leigh (Kathryn) Johns, Taylor; Kurt (Konnie) Johns, Annabella; Darlene (Randy) Jewkes, Richfield; Mary Lois (Paul) Foreman, Austin; Ann (Mike) Morby, Ogden; Jay (Susan) Johns, Monroe; and sister-in-law, Susan Howe, Pleasant View.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Craig Johns and Keith Johns; sister, Vickie (Stan) Hunt.
A special thanks to Sevier Valley Dialysis for their great care of Garth over the past five years.
Funeral services will be held Friday, February 24, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. in the Glenwood Ward Chapel, 225 E Center Street. Friends may call Thursday evening from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Magleby Mortuary in Richfield or Friday morning at the ward chapel in Glenwood from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in the Glenwood Cemetery. Funeral Directors: Magleby Mortuary, Richfield, Salina and Manti.
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