Benjamin Stratton Johnson passed away unexpectantly on Tuesday April 10, 2018. Ben had been struggling with depression. Ben was born November 11, 1982 in Redding California. He has seven siblings – all sisters! Ben loved his sisters, three older and four younger. Ben was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He accepted a call to serve a mission to the Dominican Republic Santiago Mission from 2002-2004. After returning from his mission he met Kelsie Ann Furch. They were married February 19, 2005 in the Idaho Falls Temple. Kelsie completed Ben and she helped make him the man that everyone loved. Ben and Kelsie have four wonderful children, Erik (17), Eliza(15), Stratton(12) and Jesse(12).
Ben was a member of the Ada County Sherriff’s Department and truly enjoyed his work because of the association it allowed him with his fellow officers(brothers). He had a tremendous love and loyalty to all in the military. He will be greatly missed.
The greatest tribute that can be given to Ben is that everyone considered Ben a true and loyal friend. Ben’s smile was contagious. You felt good just being with him. He had the wonderful ability to treat everyone with dignity, respect and friendship regardless of the circumstances. He helped you feel comfortable in his presence.
Ben is survived by his wife (Kelsie) and children (Erik, Eliza, Stratton and Jesse) and a whole host of Furch and Johnson relatives too numerous to mention, along with friends, Brothers in Blue and everyone else who were fortunate to call him Husband, Father, son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend.
We love you Ben – may the blessings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, life’s experiences, Sun Valley memories and the music of the Melodeon keep us company until we see you again.
An education fund has been set up for the children. Donations are accepted at: