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Clyde E. Johnson Feb. 16, 1930 - April 23, 2009

MORRIS -- Clyde Earl Johnson, 79, of Morris died Thursday at West Wind Village in Morris.

The service will be at 10:30 a.m. today at First Lutheran Church in Morris.

Visitation will be for one hour prior to services at the church. Arrangements are with Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris.

He was born Feb. 16, 1930, in Fennimore, Wis., to Elmer and Mattie (Napp) Johnson. He graduated from Fennimore High School in 1947 and the University of Iowa with a degree in instrumental music in 1951. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He attended the University of Iowa, completing a master of arts in music education and a Ph.D. in composition. In 1957, he continued his study of composition as a Fulbright scholar at Staatliche Hochschule Fur Music, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and then at the Music Executive Institute, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, N.Y. He taught theory, composition, applied woodwinds, stage band and concert band at the University of Minnesota in Morris.

At UMM, he presented the first faculty recital in 1962, was a member of the UMM faculty trio from 1966 to 1978 and participated in numerous jazz ensembles on the saxophone. He also conducted several theater productions. His compositions have been performed nationwide. He has published a number of articles for the Music Education Journal and the Minnesota Educators Association. He presented several clinics at MMEA conventions.

He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Morris and the UMM Retirees Association.

He is survived by four sons: Jeffry Johnson (and Anne Anderson) of Detroit Lakes, Joseph (and Sandie) Johnson of Monticello, Jon (and Renee) Johnson of Grasston and Matthew (and Amanda) Johnson of Morris; 12 grandchildren; and one brother: Bruce (and Beverly) Johnson of Lake Geneva, Wis.

He was preceded in death by two sisters.