Sunday, April 11, 2010

Vic Johnson Dies at Barton Flat April 10 2010

Vic Johnson, Barton Flat rancher, died April 10th at home surrounded by family. He will be greatly missed.

Victor A. Johnson, 85, passed away at his home in Mackay on Saturday, April 10, 2010. He was born July 26, 1924, in Barton Flat, Custer County, Idaho, to Otto Alfred Johnson and Mildred Cox Johnson. He was the sixth of seven children.

On Oct. 8, 1945, he married the love of his life, Florence Mae Miller, in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Vic spent his entire life within 50 miles of where he was born and never had a desire to leave. He was a member of various cattle associations and served on several advisory board committees. He was the chairman of the Lost River Highway District for 28 years, the self-proclaimed mayor of Barton Flat, and an honorary member of the Thursday Barton Bridge Club. He was an active member of Mt. McCaleb Lodge No. 64 A.F. & A.M. and of the Harmony Chapter No. 44 OES. He received the Custer County Grassman of the Year Award in 1964 and was inducted into the Eastern Idaho Agriculture Hall of Fame in 1992 and into the Horseman Hall of Fame in 2009. He received the Friends of Lehigh University award from Bethlehem, Pa., in 1984, and at that time a scholarship was established in his honor from Lehigh University for students who attend the Copper Basin Geology Field Camp.
He ranched in the Upper Big Lost River Valley all his life.

He purchased and sold several ranches until he acquired the one of his childhood dreams. Grouping together five partials, the Parson's Ranch, the Navarrow Ranch, the Shoup Ranch, The Stacy Ranch and state lands, the Churndasher Ranch became the ranch where his family resides and grandchildren continue his legacy. He is survived by his wife of 64 years; daughter, Vickie Mae (Don) Northrop; son, Scott (Julie) Johnson; grandchildren, Jake (Heather), Caleb (Kristin) and Amy; and great-grandchildren, Kelsy, Kassidy and Kinley, A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 14, at the Mackay High School Auditorium under the direction of Lost River Funeral Home in Arco. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the school. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Mackay or Arco Volunteer Ambulance. Interment will be in the Mt. McCaleb Cemetery. Published Idaho Falls Post Register April 13 2010
Mt. McCaleb Cemetery, Mackay, Idaho

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