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Obituary for Francis Lee Johnson
11 February, 1869 - 1 April, 1959
From The Caldwell News-Tribune,
dated Thursday, 2 April, 1959
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo


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F. Lee Johnson

     Francis Lee Johnson, 90, of Parma, former commissioner of Agriculture for Idaho, died at his home Wednesday evening following an extended illness.
     Mr. Johnson was born Feb. 11, 1869, in New Hope, Va., and moved to Missouri as a small boy, later moving to Iowa.  In 1881 he moved to Colorado with his parents, and married Bertha Goss, on Nov. 24, 1898, at Hygiene, Colo.
     In 1905 they moved to Murtaugh, Idaho, where he homesteaded until 1913 when they moved to Twin Falls.  They moved to the Parma area in 1918 where he farmed and during the term of C. Ben Ross as governor, Mr. Johnson served as commissioner of agriculture for six years.
     Ten years ago they retired from farming and moved into Parma where they had since resided.
     The couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last November.
     Mr. Johnson was a member of the Kirkpatrick Memorial Presbyterian church of Parma.
     Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Bertha Johnson, Parma;  a daughter, Miss Gertrude Johnson of Parma;  s siter, Mrs. James Boyd of Longmont, Colo.; a nephew, Julian R. Johnson of Twin Falls and a niece, Miss Maxine Johnson of Parma.
     Arrangements are pending at the Peckham-Dakan-Davis Chapel of Parma.