Duke Johnson was born at home in North Dakota on January 12, 1932 to Joe and Mae Johnson and lived there with his parents and 2 sisters until they moved out to California. There he attended Springville Elementary and Porterville High School. Following high school he enlisted in the Navy and served from February, 1951 through February, 1955. After leaving the Navy he returned to Springville where he met Bessie Straugh and they were married that same year. After working as an auto mechanic in Orville for several years they moved back to Springville and Duke took a job as Millwright at the saw mill on the Tule Indian reservation. He loved the saw mill and worked there until it closed. Having always wanted to own his own business he and Bessie built, opened and ran Johnsons Automotive in Springville until he retired. During his many years in Springville Duke was very involved in community events. He was involved with the Boy Scouts Troop 137 with his sons and president of the Jack Ass Mail committee where he worked hard to make it a popular event for the entire community. He also served 3 terms as president of Springville Public Utilities District and was on the board for 15 years. Duke became a very well-known and liked member of Springville and the surrounding communities. Duke enjoyed riding motorcycles on the mountain trails with his wife, 3 sons, friends and other family members. The family also spent many weekends camped at Peppermint Springs with all the family members from Springville. He and Bessie taught their 3 sons to value family, trust in god and how to work hard for what you want in life. Later in life Duke started riding street bikes and rode until well into his 70s. He loved riding his Honda to Camp Nelson and other mountain communities. Duke also liked arguing with his son Danny and friends about which was better "Honda or Harley". He was always quick to tell the Harley riders he would tow them home if need be. He was always quick with a joke, loved to laugh and truly knew how to enjoy life. Duke passed from this world on March, 2 2014 at the age of 82. He leaves behind 3 sons, 2 grandsons, 3 granddaughters, one great grandson, nieces, nephews, countless friends and many people he helped through the years. A memorial service will be held on Saturday March 8, 2014 11:00 at the Lighthouse Chapel in Springville. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758541 Topeka, Kansas 66675-8541 in memory of Wallace.