William Earl Johnson and Ruth Genelle Jensen Johnson celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Wednesday, Dec. 19.
They were married Dec. 19, 1942. She attended Brigham Young High School, and he was a student at Provo High School. They met dancing on the tennis courts. They were married in Camden, Ark., when she came for a visit while he was serving his country during World War II in the Air Force as a bombardier instructor. On their first leave, their vows were solemnized in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Salt Lake Temple.
They lived a family-centered life. They played tennis together and enjoyed square dancing. She is a tap dancer with the Golden Hours Senior Center.
They served missions in Nauvoo, Ill.; Manila Philippines Temple and Salt Lake Temple Square. They also served five years as hosts at the Conference Center and The Joseph Smith Memorial Building. They were temple workers in the Ogden Temple.
He worked as a certified public accountant in Ogden and is a past president for the Utah CPAs. He served twice as president of the Sons of Utah Pioneers and also as treasurer. He was awarded the Silver Beaver Award for serving the Boy Scouts and was bishop of the Friendly Fourth College Ward, Weber State Stake.
They raised six children in Ogden: David and Elsa Johnson, Stephen L. Johnson, Christine and (Christopher deceased) Brown, Thomas and Stephanie Johnson, Benjamin and Lori Johnson, and Becky and Mike Hurst. They have 34 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.