Johnny Hugh Byrge, 73, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle passed away July 27, 2019 at his home in Taylorsville, Utah.
Johnny was born June 1, 1946 to John B. and Olga Byrge in Price, Utah. As a young child he lived in Price until his family moved to Kearns Utah. He graduated from Granger High School and attended Weber State University. From 1967-1968 he served in the Vietnam War, 1st Cavalry Division, Delta Company. While serving as a Platoon Leader and Squad Leader in the U.S. Army Infantry, Sergeant Byrge earned the following medals and awards: Expert Sharpshooter, Presidential Unit Citation, Valorous Unit Citation, Air Medal Ribbon, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, four Bronze Stars, and Combat Infantryman Badge 1st Award.
On April 6, 1973, Johnny married his beautiful wife, Marie. His family was his highest priority and everything he did was because of them. He took his responsibility very seriously of being a father to his two sons, Bryan and Brandon, and did all that he could to care for them and provide for them. They enjoyed camping, fishing and attending Denver Broncos’ games together as a family while they lived in Colorado. In 1988 they moved to Taylorsville, Utah where they’ve been blessed with many dear friends and choice memories.
Johnny loved being a grandpa to his 10 grandchildren as much as he loved being a dad. As his health allowed, he participated in many of his grandkids’ activities, performances and ball games. He especially enjoyed attending the Veteran’s Day programs at his granddaughter’s schools.
Johnny was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in December 2003. He was sealed to Marie in the Salt Lake Temple on January 22, 2005, creating their eternal family union.
We will miss Johnny’s smile and his humor, but we are reminded through the words of his grandson, Elder Braxton Byrge, that “when someone passes from this life it is not a day of sorrow but a day of triumph over death.”
Johnny is survived by his loving wife, Marie; son Brandon (Lou) Byrge, daughter-in-law, Katie Byrge; son-in-law, Josh Linton; 12 grandchildren, and his sister Jan.
He is preceded in death by his son, Bryan Byrge (leading the welcome cheer in Heaven); his parents, his brother Jack and his sister Judy.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 5, 2019 at 12:00 PM at the Valley Park 2nd Ward building, located 5233 South 3200 West in Taylorsville. A viewing will be held on Sunday, August 4, 2019 at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 South Redwood Road from 6:00-8:00 PM and on Monday, from 11:00-11:45 AM prior to the services at the church. Interment to follow funeral at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 1750 East 3300 South, Salt Lake City.
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