It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our Dan. Daniel Phillip Johnson, was born January 19th, 1960 to Don and Phyllis Johnson. Dan graduated from Brighton High School in 1978 and began a career working alongside his dad as the Assistant Pro at Hidden Valley Country Club where he helped many grateful students improve their golf games with his intuitive teaching style.
Later, Dan started his own print broker firm, Chayley Company – named after his two children Chase and Hayley, whom he adored. Dan was a loving father who served as room mother and car pool driver while the kids were growing up, and he showed love for them every day with his nurturing kindness.
Dan was a loving son, brother, husband, father and, most recently grandpa to Gracie Gashler. Everyone that came into contact with Dan felt that they were appreciated, important and special – because that is the way he made everyone feel.
One of Dan’s greatest joys in life were his fishing trips with his father on the Green River. Dan was an expert fly fisherman. Dan also loved rescuing and caring for dogs. Dan had a great, dry sense of humor that could make anyone smile and laugh.
Dan fought hard for those he loved, even despite personal pain and struggles with clinical depression. He is now free, after giving everything he possibly could give.
Dan is survived by his mother, Phyllis Johnson, Sister Kathy Johnson, Brothers Tim (Michelle) and Mike (Marcie) Johnson, his loving wife Karen Kennedy Johnson, children Chase and Hayley (Kyle) Gashler, and new baby granddaughter Grace Renae Gashler. He is also survived by many in laws, nieces, and nephews who all loved him dearly.
A Celebration of Dan's Life will be on August 19, 2021 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Starks Funeral Parlor, 3651 South 900 East in Salt Lake.
We would like to thank Dan for all his love and kindness over the years. He will leave a very large hole in all of our hearts. In conclusion, we feel Dan should get the last word. These are his words:
“Thank you! I have been extremely blessed to have the best family and friends a man could ever ask for. I had a good run! For the first 50 years, I more than held my own against a formidable opponent. Needless to say, the last 10 years the pendulum swung dramatically in the opposite direction. Thanks to all who have invested so much time, effort, and resources to help me. I truly tried to reciprocate. I pray that additional advancements for the treatment of these disorders will come sooner rather than later.
Some say God only gives us what we can handle..while others say the pain is just passed on..Maybe both are true..
Please do not pass judgement until you have actually walked in the shoes of another.
Love always, Daniel Phillip Johnson.”
Dan truly exemplified his favorite quote: “In the end, kindness is all that matters.”