credit of Glendon E. Johnson, "Star Bulletin" February 1974 with permission
Johnson told his granddaughter, Erin Stewart, that “cowboys answer to two people:
their God and their momma.” |
She said, “He lived his life with the thought
in mind that someday he would have to answer to his Heavenly Father, and — perhaps
more intimidating — to his mother”
He was sure that his “mother would
hold him accountable for how he treated others, how he cared for his siblings
and how he used the time he had in this life to bless others.”
that credo was why Johnson was so well-liked when he and his wife, Bobette, and
children lived in Galveston.
In fact they bought, restored and resided in the old white stucco mansion on 53rd
and Seawall Boulevard.
Johnson had come to the Island to be the president
and later chairman of the board of American National Insurance Co. in the 1970s.
He succeeded Phil Noah.
Glendon E. Johnson died from a heart attack in
Salt Lake City on October 6, 2011 at the age of 87.
his life, Johnson had been the most comfortable as a cowboy. He had ranched and
broken horses since childhood.
Interestingly, how he had learned to train
horses transferred into his business management skills.
He said that he
had learned that you can “beat a horse into submission, or you can teach, encourage
and lead him. Both horses will accomplish the exact same task. However, the beaten
horse will hate you, while the horse you encouraged, taught and lead by example
will love and follow you forever.”
The Boy Scouts of America had awarded
Johnson the Silver Buffalo Award, which is scouting’s highest commendation. His
wife of 67 years, Bobette, has asked that friends make their memorial donations
to the Boy Scouts of America.
10 , 2011 column
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