Ben Johnson

Our apologies for being slow with this announcement. Note that Ben was the longest-serving member of the ApHC Board of Directors.

Ben Johnson was born in Provost, Alberta, Canada July 13, 1916 to Jacob and Lydia Johnson. He passed away July 29, 2011 at his home in Delta, CO.

After moving to the Grand Junction area in 1928, Ben attended and graduated from the Appleton School and later attended Ross Business College.

Ben married Dorothy Eastman on Feb. 16, 1941. Their three children are Jerald Johnson (Vicki), Linda Kukal (James), Claire Diers (Gordy).

Ben had a diverse career which included farming, raising horses, and was a recognized and approved horse show judge, uranium driller, artist, and teacher. Ben owned and exhibited 4 National Champion Appaloosa horses as well as training record setting Appaloosa race horses. Ben was the longest serving director of the Appaloosa Horse Club as well as serving as Vice-President for many years. Ben and two of his horses, Patchy and Patchy Jr. are in the Appaloosa Hall of Fame.

In 1975, Ben and Dorothy moved to the eastern slope of Colorado and lived in La Veta for several years before moving to Trinidad, Co where he accepted the position of instructor of fine arts at Trinidad Junior College.

Ben was commissioned to design sculptures by the Appaloosa Horse Club that were presented as awards. He was commissioned by the Trinidad Chamber of Commerce to sculpt the Coal Miners Memorial which sits in the town square. He was commissioned to sculpt and design the Trinidad Junior College’s Trojan mascot which is on display on the campus.

Ben and Dorothy had been married for nearly 58 years when she died in 1998.

Ben married Lois Dick in Trinidad in 2002 and they moved to Delta in 2005 to be near family. Lois died in 2006.

Ben was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Lydia, brother Raymond, sister Hanna and granddaughter, Sherri. In addition to his children, he is survived by 4 grandchildren, Jonathan, Jennifer, and Jerimiah Johnson and Audra Diers, six great grandchildren, brother Clarence Johnson and sister Ruby Woodcock and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held Saturday, August 6th at Taylor Funeral Home in Delta, Co. Graveside services followed at Elwood Cemetery in Fruita, Co. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes any donations to be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 24, Delta, Co 81416.

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