Joel Albert Johnson


Joel Albert Johnson, age 90, of Rigby passed away on August 25, 2018 at the Sage Grove Assisted Living.

Joel was born October 6, 1927, in Idaho Falls, Idaho a son of Albert and Edna Johnson. He was the second born of four children. He grew up in Rigby, Idaho and graduated from Rigby High School which he was active in football and basketball. Joel served in the United States Army for two years.

Joel married Dorma Andreason on October 30, 1953. They were blessed with five children, Christa, Darla, Valerie, Joel Jr. and Mark. They were later divorced. Joel met and married June Calvin on May 12, 1989. Joel helped raise June’s three children, Rodney, Shauna and Bradley.

Joel worked as a full-time meat cutter, and he also owned the Inn Café in Rigby and Jan’s Café in Idaho Falls. He later started a business with his sons called J&J Hearths. He enjoyed raising pigeons, his dog Tyke and going to coffee and visiting with friends.

Joel was a very hard-working man who loved his family deeply. He will be remembered by his genuine smile, warm hugs, and his fun-loving personality, and how he loved to tease everybody. He was a handsome man who would win people over with a smile.

Joel is survived by his wife June C. Johnson of Rigby, daughters Christa Horkley (Justin Hamberlin) of Rigby, Valerie Johnson Tremelling (Greg) of Idaho Falls, Shauna L. (Bruce) Wight of Hall, Montana, sons Joel (Jane) Johnson, Mark (Pauline) Johnson, Rodney D (Jennifer) Calvin and Bradley J. Calvin all of Rigby, 18 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Joel was preceded in death by his parents, Daughter, Darla Jo, sisters, Janis Blair and Elaine Byrne, and brother, Larry Kay Johnson.

The funeral service was held at the Garfield 3rd Ward Chapel on August 31, 2018. The family visited with friends on Thursday evening at the Eckersell Memorial Chapel and prior to the service on Friday at the church. Burial was at the Rigby Pioneer Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family online at


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