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Former HVCC Pro Don Johnson Passes Away

Don Johnson, 79, former head professional at Hidden Valley Country Club for 30 years, passed away Monday. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Phyllis Hindman, and four children, Katherine, Daniel, Timothy, and Michael, and six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Scott Whittaker, Utah Section PGA Executive Director, said, “Don Johnson was one of the Utah Section PGA Pioneers. He was always respected for his ability to teach and grow the game of golf.”

Don’s love for the game of golf was contagious and he made it part of his purpose in life to share his passion. He leaves a great legacy in the Utah golf community and will truly be missed.”

Jeff Beaudry, former Executive Director of the Utah Section of the PGA and a good friend of Don’s said, “I always regarded him as the consummate professional. He looked the part, very handsome and well groomed all the time, but it was deeper than that. He was an excellent player, a top notch teacher, and his shop was always neat and attractive. Everything always looked in place, and he never appeared flustered.”

During the 1980s he was especially in the golf limelight. He was the 1983 Rocky Mountain Section Professional of the Year, the 1986 Utah Section PGA Teacher of the Year, and was the Utah Section PGA Senior Champion in 1985, 1986, and 1987.

He found enjoyment away from golf through following the Utah Jazz and was particularly content when fly fishing on a secluded stream.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, October 30, at 2pm in the Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary, 1950 East Dimple Dell Road (10600 South), Sandy. Interment will be at Larkin Sunset Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. James Alter Guild, 7486 Union Park Avenue, Midvale, 84047.