John Lloyd Preston

June 17, 1935February 2, 2013

On February 2, 2013, John Lloyd Preston, loving husband of Vivian G. Preston. Father of Kevin L. Preston and wife Susan, and Hayes Bryant Preston and wife Katherine. Grandfather of Greg Preston, Carter Preston, and Molly Preston.

Family will receive friends at Witzke Funeral Homes, Inc., 5555 Twin Knolls Rd., Columbia, MD 21045 on Friday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9pm. Memorial services will be private at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The Kennedy Center National Symphony by phone by contacting Keesha Strickland at 202-416-8058,, or by mail to Kennedy Centers, P.O. Box 101510, Arlington, VA 22210.


  • Visitation Friday, February 8, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, February 8, 2013

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Kathleen George

February 12, 2013

John had the liveliest voice and such strong opinions. I am impressed beyond belief at what he was able to accomplish as a worker. I know he gave you, Vivian, a rich life. May that rich life continue and may he rest in peace.

Gus Martinez

February 8, 2013

Vivian, Kevin and Hayes: Iris and I send our deepest condolences for your loss. You're all in our thoughts and our prayers.

Michael Margreta

February 6, 2013

My condolences to the Preston Family. John was my very first survey manager at the start of my federal govt service at US Dept of Energy / Energy Information Admin (EIA). He was quite the "curmudgeon," but in a playful sort of way. During one of our office get-togethers, I recall John making a batch of his famous "roadkill" chili, allegedly flavored to perfection with fresh roadkill carefully scraped off the local streets earlier in the day by John. At John's "farewell" office luncheon at Old Ebbets Grill, I recall some of John's choice parting words, good-natured of course, and I met one of his sons there (I believe it was Hayes), and what a touching tribute he delivered to his dad. RIP, John.

Eva Austin

February 6, 2013

I am SO sorry... I tried to call you on the number I had but it wasn't in service.
Please call me at work 301-319-2619.
Love, hugs and prayers,


Charles Hearn

February 6, 2013

Sincere condolences to Vivian, Kevin, Hayes, and your families. John and I have maintained our friendship for over 60 years; my wife Lerma says she's considered him almost a relative since she first met him in 1960.

Dorothy Sawyer Oxley

February 5, 2013

To Vivian and sons I want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May time heal your broken hearts and bring you peace. John and I were in the same West End High School of 1953. He will be missed by so many.

Tim Lund

February 5, 2013

Although I didn't know him long enough to know him well, John always struck me as a perfect gentleman and a loving husband to Vivian and you are both in my thoughts...

Dwight French

February 5, 2013

I also worked with John for many years at the Energy Information Administration in DOEnergy. We had many good and meaningful times together while developing and carrying out a new national survey of Manufacturing Energy Use. John was an invaluable asset as a person who knew how to command the respect of business and industry leadership. Many condolences Vivian, Kevin, and Hayes.

David Thompson

February 5, 2013

I truely enjoyed my "drives" into Washington with John and my father, Wendel, during the time I worked at the USDA. John taught me how to drive in a way that provided the BEST comfort for the passengers! I pass this knowledge down to my daughters. John was a good friend to my father and kept him on his toes. My heart goes out to his wife and family.

Wendel Thompson

February 5, 2013

Worked and commuted with John for years at the US Department of Energy. Remember him as very competent and as one who avoided office parties! Although he attended my retirement party.