Joseph Grant Johansen

3/26/1950 ~ 11/10/2022

Gilbert, AZ-Joseph Grant Johansen, loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, November 10, 2022, surrounded by his family. He battled Lewy body dementia for a decade. The guiding stars in his life were love of family and of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He was happiest when enjoying time with his wife, children, and grandchildren.

Joe was born on March 26, 1950, in Mount Pleasant, Utah to Grant Lamar Johansen and Louise Bagley. The family grew to include three siblings, Connie Ames (Terry), Christine Redford (Jim), and Kent Johansen (Lisa). Graduate of North Sanpete High School, he participated in baseball, track, football, and basketball.

Joe entered BYU majoring in microbiology and was called to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the Japan, Tokyo Mission.

He married his eternal sweetheart, Victoria Lacey, whom he met at BYU, in the Provo, Utah Temple on June 8, 1972. He was a devoted and loving husband throughout their fifty years of marriage. They enjoyed a rich life together raising their family while living in California, Kansas, Utah, and Arizona. They have seven children: Natalie Smith (Lance), Bridgett Johnson (Joel), Joseph Kell (Emily), Summer McKay (Monroe), Tyler Grant (Karissa), John Brock (Megan), and Austin Clark (Natalie). Joe was a role model in education, missionary service, and hard work. To his children, Joe was a great coach during sport seasons and a tutor during school sessions.

His career in dentistry began at University of Southern California and continued through the service in the Army. Joe continued achieving academic excellence through Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency at University of Southern California. He established a practice in the Mesa Arizona community.

Joe is survived by his wife, Victoria, their seven children and spouses, twenty-five grandchildren, and three siblings. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 3rd at Mount Pleasant Utah 3rd Ward on 295 S State St in Mount Pleasant. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to LDS Charities or to the Church’s General Missionary Fund. Online condolences at rasmussenmortuary.com

2 Responses to “Joseph Grant Johansen”

  1. Terry Johansen says:

    My dad Don and Joe’s dad Grant were brothers…their farms were side by side west of Mt Pleasant…I used to see Joe every day in the summer…we hunted, fished and did a lot of fun things even though he was a few years younger than me…His dear wife deserves a metal in all the years she took such good care of him…May the Lord Bless his family and know that he still lives and is happy at this time…
    Glad to be related …..Terry

  2. Duane P Hansen says:

    We grew up together in Mt. Pleasant. Same class and classes. Same birthday parties, little league baseball, scouts, parades, summers, bike rides, movies, and school events over 18 years.

    One night in about 4th grade, Joe and I went to the movie “The Fly” at the Kinema theater, a block from Joe’s house. Needless to say, it was scary. The guy was experimenting with a transporting invention involving two telephone booths.

    In the middle of his experiment, a fly flew into his booth before he could shut it down and he ended up transporting part of himself into the other booth. So one booth contained his body, the head and one arm of the fly. The other booth contained a tiny fly with a head and an arm.

    After the show about 10:30 pm, I was too scared to go home 7 blocks away. Joe invited me to go and stay at his house nearby. I gladly accepted. We watched TV in his basement until about 12 midnight and I told him I’d better go. He insisted I stay overnight but I had to face my fear. So he wished me a good night.

    I walked home down the middle of main street to 300 West and 1/2 block North to the Peterson Apartments where I lived. Every second I was looking over my shoulder for some “boogie man” or fly creature that may attack me.

    I had to pass a big group of bushes the last 50 yards so I took a big breath and ran as fast as I could in the middle of the road to my apartment before I released it.

    In high school, Joe had a fun, teasing sense of humor. Good student. Good hair. He was a fit, strong athlete. Was friendly to everyone. A constant smile. We were all envious when he got a graduation gift of a brand new 1968 Buick Skylark(?).

    Did not see nor hear from him since college.

    My wife has Parkinson’s Disease which is similar to Lewy’s. Our heart goes out to Vickie and family for the burden they have borne in caring for Joe. Falls at any time of day or night, bloody lips and noses, difficulty holding drinks and spoons, bathroom help, speech and memory obstacles, unable to travel or drive or enjoy physical activities. People’s reactions.

    We would tease him:
    Gene, Gene made a machine but Joe, Joe made it go.
    Apparently he continued to make a lot of things go in his life.

    R.I.P. Brother Joe.