Harley Ray Johnson was born on April 3, 1947, to Charles Ray and Dorothy Verle (Lucas) Johnson in Salt Lake City, Utah. The family moved to Denver when Harley was in junior high. After high school, he attended Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. There he met the love of his life, Deanna, in April of 1967. The couple were married on December 30, 1967.
Harley and Deanna graduated with teaching degrees from the University of Colorado in Boulder. Harley always went to church, but was not saved until the age of 23, which changed his life. In spring of 1980, Harley, Deanna and their three boys moved to Iowa. Harley pastored the Mondamin Baptist Church, now the New Life Church.
Harley’s life drastically changed in 2000 when he began to grasp his identity in Christ and live a life immersed in grace. Harley would talk to anyone. His conversations were full of stories, questions and humor. Everyone felt known by him.
Harley was an outdoorsman. He enjoyed anything and everything outside. He loved hunting, fishing, biking, skiing, hiking and camping. Together, Harley and Deanna, captured the beauty of creation through their cameras. Living Loved Photography was a passion they shared with everyone.
Harley died, unexpectedly on December 29, 2019 at the age of 72 years, eight months, and 26 days.
Harley was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, JoAnne Payne. He is survived by his devoted wife, Deanna Johnson of 52 years; sons, Andrew (MaryAnn), Paul (Brandi) and Nathan (Lori). He dearly loved all 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. He is survived by many other relatives and friends.
Harley was a faithful husband, godly father, grandfather and great-grandfather and a child of God.