Nils 'Pete' Johnson

May 23, 1942 - April 24, 2021

Pete passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on April 24, 2021. He was born on May 23, 1942 in Rhinelander, Wisconsin to May and Julius Frost Johnson. He graduated from Rhinelander High School in 1961 where he lettered in football, basketball and track.

Pete married his high school sweetheart Beverly Novak on August 25, 1962.

He was an avid Green Bay Packer and University of Utah fan. He loved to talk cars and enjoyed the two Corvettes he owned. He was a great storyteller and had a story for everything. He loved to B.S. with everyone, and his family called him The Mayor.

Pete was a proud member of Ironworkers Local #27. He got into the “racket” in Milwaukee, Wis. in 1967. He was known for his daily cheese sandwich lunches. He boomed out around the U.S. and Canada building smokestacks, eventually making it to Utah to work on the Kennecott smelter stack (1973). He stayed until he retired from the Local.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Everett, Collin, Melvin, Conrad, Allen and William. It will be one heck of a reunion.

He is survived by his loving wife Beverly. Sons: Jess and Rick (Gina). He was the best Papa to his grandchildren: Lindsay (Edward) Figueroa, Alexa (Taylor) Dillingham and Peter Johnson; his great-grandchildren; Harrison, Olivia, London and Noah Figueroa. Isabelle and Olive Dillingham.

A gathering in Pete’s honor will be on Friday, April 30, 2021 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Starks Funeral Parlor, 3651 South 900 East, Salt Lake City. Pete will be laid to rest during a private family service at Murray City Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers please make donations to a charity of your choice.

We will forever be missing you.