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William W. Johnston

January 14, 1951 ~ May 16, 2023 (age 72) 72 Years Old

William Johnston Obituary

William W. Johnston passed away in the comfort of his home in Thornton, Colorado on May 16, 2023 at the age of 72.

He was predeceased by his father Jim Johnston, mother Margaret Tharp, his sisters Ann Beserra and Patricia Loving.

He is survived by his wife Phyllis Johnston, daughter Jennifer Johnston-Thomas (Kevin Thomas), son Gabriel Johnston (Hiroko Tanaoka-Johnston); grandchildren Tatianna, Kevin, Amelia; his nephews, nieces, extended family, his dog Kona, and many friends.

Bill grew up in Reseda, California and moved to Amador County with his wife and children when he was 24. He was general contractor for over 36 years in Amador County where he built many custom homes, helped build the Amador Senior Center, and the Catholic Church in Buckhorn. He also coached soccer for both the youth league and Amador High School and umpired baseball and softball games. After he retired from construction, he bought a sailboat, planted an olive orchard on his property in Jackson, California and sold olive oil at the local farmer's market. He was a hard working and honest man.

In 2017, Bill and his wife, Phyllis, moved to Colorado to be closer to family. He purchased a home and used his skills to finish the basement. He was always doing something to make our life better. He said, "Anything worth doing is worth doing right." He loved to cook, travel, brew his own beer, garden, play the guitar, walk his dog, and play games with friends at the clubhouse. He wasn't afraid to try to do anything. If something broke, he'd fix it. If a friend needed anything, they could count on him.

He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend. He will be truly missed. Rest in peace Bill Johnston.

A private Celebration of Life was held this past August for Bill.

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