Joe E. Johnston Jr.

March 29, 1930April 6, 2013

Joe E. Johnston went to be with the Lord April 6, 2013. He was born in Dallas, Texas, March 29, 1930 to Louise Craig, and adopted by Joe E. and Elma Johnston. Joe grew up in Marlin, Texas. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Joanna Abraham Johnston, his children, Linda J. McAlister (Robert), Richard A. Johnston (Danell), and David E. Johnston (Paula), seven grandchildren, Christopher Dysart (Maggie), Ashley Johnston, Matthew Johnston (Meredith), Richard C. Johnston, Katherine J Ponath (Brandon), Joseph A. Johnston, Paul Johnston, and five great grandchildren, Gabriella, David, and Isabella Ponath, Kiley Dysart and Madeline Johnston, his sister, Sandra J.Traweek, Bryan, Texas, his half sisters, Elaine Tucker Rodgers (Jimmy) Brownfield, Texas, Barbara Tucker Davis, Houston, Texas, half brothers, Lee Bledsoe, Abilene, Texas, Don Bledsoe, Abilene, Texas; his nieces Alexandra Rosson, Houston, Texas, and Virginia Traweek Sweeney (Bryan),Dallas. Joe proudly served in the military from 1947-1949. Joe was an automobile mechanic for ten years, and in 1961, he joined the Dallas Police Department, class #73, badge #1752. He retired in 1986 as an investigator after 24 years of service. He was an active member of the Dallas Retired Police and Firefighters Association as well as a member of the Kerry Blue Terrier Club of Texas for 40 years. Joe was an active member of the Bremond Masonic lodge #350 A.F. & A.M. Bremond, Texas and Gabe P. Allen Lodge #1352 A.F. & A.M. Dallas, Texas for 64 years and was a 32nd degree Mason. He loved the work of Masonry and loved teaching men their work. Joe loved the Lord and his family deeply. One of Joe's greatest joys during his lifetime was the opportunity to meet his birth mother, Louise Craig Bledsoe, when he was 50, and build a relationship with her and the extended family. He also loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren as they grew up. Joe enjoyed hunting, fishing, and the outdoors. He loved the family ranch, tending Beefmaster cows, and Kerry Blue Terriers including the current family dogs, Kirby and Dooley. Joe loved Bluegrass music and the banjo as well as a great game of dominos. Visitation will be at Sparkman Crane Funeral home on Tuiesday, April 9, from 5:00-8:00pm. Funeral services will be Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 11:00am in the funeral home chapel .There will be a private burial for immediate family on Thursday at DFW National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Texas Scottish Rite hospital for Children, 2222 Welborn Street, Dallas, Texas or Grace United Methodist Church, PO Box 130, Bremond, Texas 76629, or charity of your choice.


  • Visitation Tuesday, April 9, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Joe E. Johnston Jr.

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June 23, 2013

We will miss you Brother Joe . Brother Chad Bremond Lodge #350

Danell Johnston

April 12, 2013

I love you, Dad. We have great memories forever! Danell

Carol Vesey

April 10, 2013

The first time I met Joe was at Laverne's house where he was washing a Kerry Blue Terrier at her sink with such kindness and devotion within his heart. From that day forward I knew he was a special man on this earth. His love for Joanna and was precious. He will be missed and I wish him peace in the arms of our Lord, and being able to play on the other side of the rainbow bridge with the Kerries. My heartfelt sympathies,

James & Melinda Kocian

April 10, 2013

Joanna, We were so very sorry to read in the Dallas Morning News about the passing of Joe. Our prayers go out to you and your family. We enjoyed visiting with the two of you off and on through the years at James' mom and dad's house (Charlie and Martha Kocian).

April 10, 2013

I am so sorry for your lose. Joe was a great guy. I enjoyed working with him
at DPD.
John Feinglas

Clark and Sandy Dunklin

April 9, 2013

We have you in our prayers. God Bless

Tom Wafer

April 8, 2013

Joe was a great guy and partner. He had a sense of humor that kept me entertained throughout the shift and he also pointed out some things that I should know as a young cop.

Kay Cochran Dietrick

April 8, 2013

Joe joined our family later in life when he met my mother Martha Lou Tucker Cochran. She welcomed him into the family and embraced him as her nephew. It was a joy to know Joe.

Rusty Pool

April 8, 2013

I worked with Joe in the Crimes Against Persons Unit of the DPD in the early 80's. Joe was a good man and a good officer. He will be missed. Rest in Peace, Joe....... Rusty Pool

April 8, 2013

He was one of the nicest men I have ever had the priviledge of knowing, and working with. It was an honor to have been counted as a friend. Our prayers and thoughts are with his family at this time. God bless each of you.
Edwin and Donna McNutt