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Caleb Johnson

Caleb Michael Johnson

Tuesday, June 17th, 1997 - Saturday, May 30th, 2020
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Caleb Michael Johnson, 22, of Mapleton Utah suffered injuries due to a car accident on May 29, 2020 and he succumbed to those injuries on May 30, 2020.

Caleb was born on June 17,, 1997 to Michael and Sheri Johnson in Payson, UT. He was raised in Springville and Mapleton Utah. He graduated from Maple Mountain High School in 2016, where he played varsity Basketball and was a seminary graduate. He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He served an honorable mission in Texas Houston South, Spanish speaking, where he met the love of his life, Marissa Gonzales, to whom he was married only 3 short weeks. Caleb was an amazing missionary. He was driven to serve the people of Houston, Texas and share his love, conviction, and testimony of the plan of salvation. The people of Houston admired the kind and loving person he was, and he reciprocated the same affection for them.

Even though his mortal journey was only for a brief moment, Caleb truly lived life to the fullest. Caleb was compassionate, kind-hearted, driven, attentive, and a friend to everyone he came into contact with. He loved serving; especially his life-long friend Corey Derfler. Even in death, he is still serving other families through organ donation, and through that, Caleb will live on and continue to be a blessing to many other lives.

Growing up, he excelled at everything he chose to pursue. He enjoyed playing basketball, soccer, and producing his own music. He was an active kid and there was nothing he couldn’t do.

Being the third oldest child of seven, he was very close with his siblings. He admired each of his brothers and sisters. He was goofy, funny, witty, inclusive, supportive, and an example to them. He spent time with each of his siblings and would hang out with them individually. He had a personal relationship with each of them. He encouraged them to always be their best, and he always led by his example.

Caleb loved to achieve his goals and was driven throughout his life. He did not care about what anyone thought about his music career, he just loved the chase and the thrill that making music brought to him. He was passionate about the music that he wrote straight from his heart. He wanted to help and inspire people through his music. Many knew Caleb by his rap name “CJSleeves”. He loved to perform and you could feel his joy while he was on the stage. He wrote many songs with the purpose of inspiring others, and his words remain an inspiration to us forever. We encourage everyone to look up his music on any music platform. Although many of his songs have inspired us during this time, his song “Kobe” is especially meaningful to us right now. He himself stated that he did not include Kobe’s name in the song, because he wanted it to be applicable to anybody that has lost someone. That foresight will be priceless to his friends and family for the rest of our lives.

He was the absolute best husband to Marissa. He loved her with all of his heart. Even though they did not have much as newlyweds, he wanted her to have everything that she ever wanted. He loved her deeply and everybody around them could see how perfect their love was.

As a son Caleb was a joy from the very beginning and never disappointed. As a young boy he always had an infectious smile and laugh. He loved to entertain and was not shy about being the focus of attention. He was a natural at anything he chose to do. As he grew older he would make decisions based on his individual pursuits and his passions. He didn’t do things because others said he should, he did them because he felt they were important and then he did them with all of his heart and energy. He was relentless in his pursuits and excellent at whatever he chose to do. He was mature well beyond his years and once he set a goal he was one of the few that would always keep that goal even when inconvenient. The truly amazing trait was his ability to be so focused and driven while simultaneously giving others the individual time and attention that they needed, and always with that infectious smile. He has no enemies and did not hold a grudge, he made a decision how life should be lived and then went out and did it. He made friends everywhere he went and was admired by everyone he came in contact with. To know Caleb, was to love Caleb. Caleb inspired so many and was such a good example to everyone. He taught us to live in a way that we would be proud of and to live with no regrets. He was such a good brother and son and inspired us to chase our dreams. His smile could always brighten a room and he always brought laughter wherever he went. He never failed to make everyone feel special.

As a friend, Caleb was faithful and fun in every situation. He supported his friends in their endeavors. When a friend found something to be passionate about, Caleb would do anything he could to help them live out their dreams. His friends remember his desire to live life to the fullest. Caleb never hesitated to participate in their numerous adventures. He always added laughter and life to all the times they spent together. He had a unique presence about him and when he started to speak, everyone in the room listened. Caleb was always a joy to be around. His friends cannot remember a time when he was mad or upset. He was a genuine friend to everyone he met. Caleb truly brought light into his friends’ lives.

Caleb is survived by his loving wife Marissa, parents Michael and Sheri Johnson, Siblings Zachary (Erin), Jessica, Kylie, Tate, Brooke, and Ali. His niece Kaybrie and nephew Dakota. His Father in law and mother in law Chad and Allison Gonzales and their children Maddie, Malori, and Parker. His grandparents Kelly (Jo) Johnson, Angie (Mike) Montague, Laura Atwood. Great Grandma Gwen Johnson. Along with many Aunts, Uncles, cousins and friends. What a joyous reunion it will be when we get to be with him again.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents John and Kathleen Bartholomew and Grandpa Lindsay Atwood.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at Mapleton City Park starting at 10 am. Those wishing to pay their respect to Caleb may do so in a viewing Friday, June 5, 2020 from 6-9 PM at the Mapleton White Church (31 W Maple St Mapleton, UT 84664) and Saturday from 8:30-9:30 AM prior to the funeral services. Interment will take place in the Mapleton Cemetery following the services. Everyone is invited to come to pay their respects, but, due to Covid-19 we ask you to please practice social distancing and bring your own chair if possible.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, June 5th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Friday, June 5th, 2020 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Mapleton 19th Ward
    31 W Maple St
    Mapleton, Utah 84664
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  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, June 6th, 2020 | 8:30am - 9:30am
    Saturday, June 6th, 2020 8:30am - 9:30am
    Mapleton 19th Ward
    31 W Maple St
    Mapleton, Utah 84664
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  • Service

    Saturday, June 6th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Saturday, June 6th, 2020 10:00am
    Mapleton City Park
    10 East Maple Street
    Mapleton, Utah 84664
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  • Interment

    Saturday, June 6th, 2020 | 11:30am
    Saturday, June 6th, 2020 11:30am
    Mapleton Cemetery
    620 W Maple St
    Mapleton, Utah 84664
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Merrilee Hopkin Family

Posted at 03:02pm
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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Jann Mount

Posted at 04:01pm
My name is Jann and I am Marissas Cousin. One day my husband and I were visiting in Morgan when Caleb and Marissa stopped by. My husband is Catholic and he told them both that he had been talking to the Missionaries. He further explained his concerns about the difference between Mormonism and Catholics. Caleb and Marissa went into full on Missionary mode all the while my husband disputed everything. Caleb finally just shook his hand looked into his eyes and said what’s more important is your’re a good man and live like Jesus did. I had forgotten the details but when I informed my husband what had happened he reminded me of this time. My husband is a gentle giant and when he realized Caleb was gone he wept for a long time because Caleb had touched him that day to his soul. After reading more about Caleb he did that every where he went.

I guess when a soul is that good God wants them back. It makes no sense to me in this Earthly life and frankly seems very unfair. The hope is we will see him again and I hope you always feel him near and his wonderful memories surround you

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Posted at 11:21am
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Mathew Taylor

Posted at 10:15pm
Always will remember CJsleeves.
Gone way too soon, he had so many more lives to bless. Much love Caleb, rest easy my friend.

Rachael Harned

Posted at 08:29pm
Caleb was my district leader in the mission for awhile and I loved having him at meetings! Our ward in downtown Houston was giant and sometimes the pressure on the missionaries to do extraordinary things in the work was palpable and really brought a huge burden on our meetings together that made them stressful. He came in and we all immediately felt at ease and grateful for his attitude but also for his incredibly loving leadership. What a phenomenal guy he is! I am so glad to have known him. My prayers are with you and your family!

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