Mary Dawn Dockstader Johnson

Mary Dawn Dockstader Johnson passed away on September 3, 2021, peacefully at her home in Bonners Ferry, Idaho at the age of 75 years.  She was born July 26, 1946, in Salt Lake City, Utah to Theral Ray Dockstader and Bertha May Christensen Dockstader.

Mary grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, later moving to Short Creek, Arizona. She married John Barlow Johnson and together they moved to Canada for three years. They moved back to Short Creek where she resided for the bulk of her life. She moved to Idaho in her later years to be closer to her children.

Everyone loved her excellent cooking! She enjoyed being with the children and making them special treats.  She was famous far and wide for her candy-making, fudge, and patience.  She was a professional seamstress and spent many years sewing for several big companies.  She enjoyed making custom winter vests and boy’s/men’s shirts for everyone and was always offering them to people.

She leaves behind her loving husband, John B. Johnson, 13 children, 4 sisters, and 2 brothers. She never lost a chance to tell almost anyone she saw that she had 9 sons and 7 daughters and a host of stepchildren and grandchildren. She loved, bossed, and cared for many as her very own.  She is preceded in death by her parents and 3 sons.

There will be a viewing on Friday, September 10, 2021, from 6:00 – 9:00 pm at the Short Creek Community Center, 250 E University Ave , Colorado City, Arizona

The Funeral service will be held on Saturday September 11, 2021, at 10:00 am in the Short Creek Community Center.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff Street, St. George, Utah.  Family and friends are invited to sign Mary’s online guestbook at



6:00 – 9:00 pm

Second Visitation


10:00 am


Holm Heritage Building
1055 Carling Street
Hildale, Utah


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