beautiful sweet wife, mother, grandmother, and friend passed
away peacefully October 11, 2014, surrounded by loved ones.
She was born December 12, 1931, in Murray, Utah to Joseph
Theodore and Merelda Elizabeth Berger Johnson.
JoeAnn was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter Day Saints. In her youth she earned the Golden
Gleaner Award. JoeAnn married her eternal companion, Donald
J. Brown, in 1955 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Together
they shared a wonderful marriage, raising three children.
JoeAnn served many years with the LDS Young Women organization
as a ward and stake leader. She also served as ward Relief
Society president. JoeAnn and Donald and their son Seth
served a stake mission in Richland, Washington.
JoeAnn graduated from Murray High School, and received
a degree in Physical Education from the University of Utah.
JoeAnn was very talented and with her charm was chosen Miss
Murray of 1954, and was third runner-up for Miss Utah. JoeAnn
was an outstanding athlete and loved many sports. In track
& field she held the Intermountain AAU 100 meter record
for over 20 years. She was unable to attend the 1956 Olympic
time trials held in Washington, DC that year, however her
outstanding times would have qualified her for the 200 meter
event and the US Women’s 400 meter relay team. JoeAnn
loved mountaineering with her husband Don. Together they
climbed The Grand and Middle Teton Peaks, Mt. Rainer, Mt.
St. Helens, Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, Mt. Shasta, Mt. Lassen,
and all of the major peaks along the Wasatch Front.
In 1962 JoeAnn was instrumental in organizing the United
Cerebral Palsy Association of Benton and Franklin Counties,
in Washington. She helped arrange for job opportunities
for handicapped youth. The Association merged with the National
Association for Retarded Children and is now The Arc of
JoeAnn had great talent playing the piano and organ and
enjoyed playing in church from the age of 12 until just
last year. She was her son Seth’s favorite accompanist.
JoeAnn was preceded in death by two sisters, Lavella Marjorie
(Bill) Lewis, Dorothy (Richard Romney) Clawson and two brothers
Keith Johnson and Joseph Jr. Johnson. JoeAnn is survived
by her husband Donald, her daughter Tai (Steve) Trent, sons
Seth Brown, and Ero (Kalei) Brown, and sisters Maxine Lois
(Evan) Pearson and Sherry Lynn (David) Omans. Don and JoeAnn
have ten grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many
beloved nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, October 16,
2014 at 11:00 AM in the LDS Chapel at 9737 Chesterfield
Dr, Cedar Hills, Utah. Funeral services will be held on
Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 1:00 PM at the LDS Stake Center
at 1720 Thayer Dr, Richland, Washington. Viewing will be
held at the same location from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM prior
to the funeral services. Interment at 3:00, Sunset Memorial