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.