Joan N. Johnson Rouhotas Knudtson

Joan N. Johnson Rouhotas Knudtson

May 13, 1931  September 17, 2020

Joan Knudtson passed away peacefully in her sleep on September 17, at Emerald Springs Memory Care in Yuma, AZ after a long struggle with dementia.

Joan was born on May 13, 1931 in Tularosa, NM. She moved to the Imperial Valley with her parents and siblings in 1942 at the age of 10 years old. She attended local schools and graduated from Brawley Union High.

Joan lived for her family she enjoyed traveling, gardening, and sewing, but most of all she loved cooking for her family. Her family’s favorite was her German Chocolate Cake.

After graduating high school, Joan married her first husband Louie Marvin Rouhotas Sr, while raising her four sons she worked in various jobs — J.J. Newberry’s in Brawley in the banking industry and other jobs as a secretary and bookkeeper. After raising her four boys she pursued her dream of a college degree in business administration and retired from the County of Imperial Auditor's Office.

After her retirement she met and married her second husband Claymon (Clay) Knudtson and they resided in Hemet, CA.

Joan is preceded in death by her parents William Preston and Grace Pickard Johnson; brothers Pat, Billy, Buddy, Dick, and Jiggs Johnson; her son Rev. Michael P. Rouhotas Sr; and grandson Joshua P. Rouhotas.

Joan is survived by her husband Claymon (Clay) Knudtson and her sons Louie Marvin Rouhotas Jr (Kim), Tony L. Rouhotas Sr (Shelly), and Stephen K. Rouhotas Sr. She is survived by her grandchildren Tony L. Rouhotas Jr (Valerie), Jason L. Rouhotas (Lisa), Stephen Rouhotas Jr (Brandy), Melissa Rouhotas, Michael Rouhotas Jr (Candice), Sebastian and Adam Rouhotas. She is survived by her great grandchildren Isaac, Tony III, James, Libby, Tad, Ryan, Eli, Ella, Emily, Elliot Rouhotas, Javier Hurtado (Crystal), Joseph Hurtado (Arlene), Mikayla Zepeda (Fabian), Angelica, and Dominic Wang; and her great-great grandchildren Xavier Hurtado and Jesus Grandino.

Viewing and visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m. on October 19, and the service will be held at 11 a.m. Both will be located at Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley. Pastor Tommy Charlton will be presiding.

Due to COVID, the burial will be private.

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