Obituary of Jarvin Johnson
(October 15, 1918 - August 24, 2018)
Jarvin, beloved husband of Hilda (pre-deceased) of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, formerly of Camrose, Alberta, passed away on Friday, August 24, 2018 at the age of 99. He was born October 15, 1918 at home in the Chauvin area, the oldest of six siblings.
Left to cherish his memory are his three daughters, Deborah (Duane) Lawrence of Sherwood Park, Colleen (Chris) Andersen of Calgary and Shelly (Rick) Crookes of Stony Plain; five granddaughters, Dayna (Jonathan) Bond of Sherwood Park, Megan Lawrence of Sherwood Park, Kendyl (Adam) Wood of Drayton Valley, Kelsey Andersen of Kelowna, Kaitlin Bourgeois of Barrhead; three great-granddaughters, Peyton, Gemma and Alyssa and one great grandson Carsen and one great grandchild on the way. Jarvin is also survived by his brother Norman of Chauvin.
Jarvin was pre-deceased by his wife Hilda in September 2017; three brothers, Clifford, Morris and Willie; and one sister Selma.
Jarvin and Hilda were married November 15, 1951 and farmed in the Ribstone, Alberta area for 28 years. He kept very busy working a mixed farm operation. He enjoyed curling with his farmer friends, especially when he managed to lay an 8-ender. Later, he would watch curling with Hilda critiquing the plays.
In the summer of 1979, they sold the farm and semi-retired to an acreage in the Vermilion, Alberta area. During this time, Jarvin continued to be very busy working in the lumberyard while still helping family and neighbors with farming and any projects that needed some extra care. Jarvin was also very creative with woodworking projects making numerous wishing wells and cedar chests for his daughters and granddaughters.
In 2005, they retired to Camrose and lived there until November 2015 when they moved to Dr. Turner Lodge in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta.
Jarvin will be fondly remembered for his ability to “cut a rug” on a Saturday night at the various dance halls. He would take ‘his girls’ to the country dances faithfully and in later years could be found at a dance any night of the week with Hilda and their friends. He was always quick to tease or to hide a gift on Christmas morning and was always ready for a good game of whist.
Jarvin was a kind and gentle man yet firm in his beliefs and commitments. He believed a person should finish what they started and instilled these qualities in his daughters, granddaughters and great-grandchildren. He will forever be remembered for his quick smile, words of wisdom, and love for his family.
A Funeral Service was held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, October 12, 2018, from the Burgar Memorial Chapel, 4817 - 51 Avenue Camrose with Rev. Mary Ann Pastuck officiating. Inurnment has taken place in Camrose Valleyview Cemetery.
If family and friends so desire, memorial contributions are gratefully accepted to S.T.A.R.S. Air Ambulance.