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Justin Merle Johnson


June 6, 2019

Justin Merle Johnson was born January 17, 1974, to Larry and Vana Johnson. He was the youngest of three sons. The family moved to Hulett, Wyoming, in 1978 where Justin attended school from kindergarten through 10th grade. He went on to graduate from the Casper Youth Center in 1992.

Justin moved to Rock Springs, Wyoming, to work and that is where he met Sunny Tallon. Their son, Jeremiah Richard was born in February of 1994. Justin and Sunny were married in November of 1994.

The young family moved to Las Vegas shortly after in pursuit of work and they lived there for several years where Justin worked in construction. Their daughter, Katie Rae was born in September of 1999.

Justin and Sunny were divorced in 2001. As a single father, he moved to Elko, Nevada, to be closer to family, who supported his efforts to raise the kids. In 2005, Justin moved his family back to Hulett, where he lived and worked construction until the time of his death.

He enjoyed spending time outdoors, fishing and exploring. He had a curiosity for life and a love for his children.

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Merle and Jessie Johnson; maternal grandparents, James and Van Grover; aunts, Cheryl Johnson and Cathy Johnson; uncles, Adrian Butch Johnson and Mark Watson.

Justin leaves behind his children, Jeremiah (Leanna Roscoe) Johnson and Katie (Cody Smith) Johnson; father, Larry Johnson; mother, Vana (Glen) Larcom; brothers, Gary (Jae) Johnson and Michael (Tonia) Johnson; aunts, Cheryl (Jim)Pitts, Ardy (Gary) Richards, Roxy (Don) Marti, Kim Watson, Barb (Lou) DeJong, Shawn (Jerry) Jaskela, Veronica Johnson and Mary Grover; uncles, John Oliver, Richard (Mary) Johnson, Alan Johnson, Loyd (Pearl) Johnson and Jack Johnson. He will be deeply missed by his 14 nieces and nephews, and extended family and friends.

A memorial service was held Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the Followers of Christ Church in Hulett.

Friends and family may sign his online guestbook and leave written condolences for the family at


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