Alisa Johnson Linton, 36, passed away peacefully in her home in Lehi, Utah on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 on the morning of her 15th wedding anniversary to her middle school sweetheart, Joshua Linton. Her three boys and beloved husband were by her side.
Alisa was born in Mesa, Arizona on January 18, 1979. She was the second of nine children born to Paul and Jill Johnson. She spent much of her enchanted childhood in the country in Paradise, Utah. Her family later moved to Sandy, Utah. She was a successful and well-loved student at Jordan High School and later Ricks College where she earned her Associate of Science in Nursing. After earning her degree, she worked as a Registered Nurse. On May 19, 2000, Alisa married Joshua James Linton in the Salt Lake Temple. She finished a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Brigham Young University.
She accomplished many things in her short lifetime. She was an excellent student, a dedicated nurse, a talented photographer, a poetic writer and a courageous cancer patient. But her favorite role was mother. The same bold determination that characterized all her pursuits also defined her commitment to her boys, James, Sam and Luke. Of them she said, "I have given three wonderful children life, but I can't shake the feeling that in some strange ways, they have given me mine."
Alisa was an artist and everything she touched became beautiful. She had a gift for photography and many of her friends and family own treasured images that she captured for them. Alisa loved to travel and experience first hand the beauty of God's creations, but she didn't need to travel to find beauty. Her idea of the perfect summer evening was to watch her kids and dog playing in the water hole in the park. She loved to decorate, garden, cook and entertain and did it all with ease, style and love. She could also see the good and beautiful in the people she loved as well as those she had just met. She was compassionate and would draw upon experiences of her own hard times to know just how to help a friend in need. She was a true disciple of Christ.
Cancer opened her eyes and then her inspiring writing opened ours. On her blog, she reminded us to be grateful, "to share more," to pray, to "appreciate now," and that "love is what makes us happy." She showed us how to love life unconditionally, to trust, to share your life with someone. She learned that "the way out is through," that "the world is kind and good," to believe in miracles and that sometimes miracles sing.
Alisa is survived by her loving husband; Joshua James Linton, and three sons; James Michael, Samuel Kent, Luke Joshua, her parents; Paul and Jill Johnson, siblings; Sonja (Robert), Jon Paul (Bryanna), Michael (Amy), Matthew (Brittany), AnneMarie (Nathan), Kari (Bryon), Mark (Amanda), Kirsten (Alex), and grandmother; Donna Washburn as well as many adoring in-laws, nephews and nieces, cousins, aunts and uncles.
The family wishes to thank all the people who have reached out in love and support to them throughout Alisa's fight. They especially wish to thank the many doctors and nurses at the Huntsman Cancer Institute for their dedicated care. Alisa had a special place in her heart for her nurses.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Friday May 22, 2015 at the Lehi East Stake Center at 851 N 1200 E. A viewing will be held on Thursday evening from 5:30-8:00pm at the same location as well as from 9:30 to 10:30 Friday morning.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Alisa's name. https://donate.huntsmancancer.org/alisa-linton