John Johnston

November 1, 1957November 23, 2011

John Charles Johnston, 54 of Moorpark, California passed away on November 23, 2011 after bravely battling an extended illness. We are extremely grateful for our time shared with John and are comforted in knowing that he is resting with the Lord.

John was born in Anaheim, CA in 1957 and raised in Villa Park, CA. before his parents and four siblings settled in Thousand Oaks in 1971. John graduated from Newbury Park High School in 1975 and continued his education, receiving a BS in Business Administration at the University of LaVerne. John enjoyed working for the Ventura County Sanitation Dept. for 25 years as a Construction Inspector, but he mostly enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling, good food, and good music. He also enjoyed going to the gym and working around the house. There was very little time when you would not find him with his dog Blue. John also liked to volunteer regularly at community group events.

John is preceded in death by his father Charles L. Johnston, sister Christine J. Osborne, and brother Rick Johnston. He is survived by his wife Celeste Johnston of 7 years; son Reece and daughter Brooke Johnston; mother La Verne J. Merriken; brother Steve Johnston, sister Carolyn J. Christian and their families. John also enjoyed being a step-father and grandfather.

The Family would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support during this very difficult time. John will be greatly missed by his family and many lifelong friends to whom all have special memories spent with John.

Services will be held at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Mortuary, Lindero Canyon Rd. on November 30 at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be made in John’s name by contacting The American Lung Association.


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, November 30, 2011

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Greg Palmer

April 24, 2012

I am so sad to hear of John's passing. I think back to all the good times we had together. John was a great guy who never had an unkind word for anybody. He walked around with an incessant smile and was always happy. His good nature was infectious! I had lost touch with John after moving to Idaho in 1991. God bless you John and all those who share in the loss as do I. I feel fortunate to have known you as a friend.

Chris Pearson

December 3, 2011

Hi John, hey there friend, so sorry to have missed your celebration of life, I very much enjoyed seeing and being around you and your family. You will always be remembered by me as a nice man devoted too his beliefs in family,, love and life,,, God Bless, and by the way, La Verne has a place in my heart !!,,, You are missed...

Teresa Seeley

December 1, 2011

John and I met at Newbury Park High School, where we were part of a colorful and unique group of friends who marched to our own drum. I always referred to John as the” Cheshire Cat” because of his intense and unforgettable smile. In fact, I cannot recall seeing John without his famous smile and that twinkle in his eye. Farwell for now, John. Everyone who knew you could tell at least one story of a grand adventure they had with you. Until we meet again!

Teresa Seeley

Vickie Montgomery

December 1, 2011

John came in every moring at the Hill Canyon Wastewater Treatment Plant - sometimes just to say "Good Morning" bringing a smile with him. He was very much a member of the Hill Canyon family and we will all miss him greatly.

carrie catena

December 1, 2011

John was my old Newbury Park high school friend and was in our beautiful circle of friends. Time went by and I saw less of John throughout the years but when we met again it was a though no time passed, I cherished those moments, John was a good human being and loved. Until we meet again!
Carrie Catena

Susan Kindred

December 1, 2011

I went to high with John and that smile was absolutely infectious. He spent alot of time at my home playing board games with my then boyfriend Mark Smith, Phil Noyes and Greg Palmer. I will never forget the time he jumped between my car and his Combi van has his car was about to hit mine as it rolled forward needless to say one of his legs was not looking good. When he got bit by the dog, he had a private room at the hospital which turned into a non-stop party during visiting hours. One year a bunch of us went to the Colorado River for a camping trip. We all stayed in tents ect.. but not John, he stayed in a beautiful motor home. We would take the boat up the river with inner tubes and get dropped off to float back and of course there was always a few drinks on hand. John was always fun to be around and very entertaining. I lost contact with John when I moved to Australia in 1984 but still have fond memories of his lovely nature, big smile and equally big heart! I am sure you have left many people behind that will miss you greatly.
Susan McDonald (now Susan Kindred) Moree, New South Wales Australia formerly a graduate of Newbury Park High School and resident of Westlake Village California.

Debi Anderson

November 30, 2011

To John's Family & Friends. I was with you all today at John's celebration of life. Thank you, yes it was difficult and sad, but at the same time, I had a peaceful feeling, I'm sure John was enjoying watching all of us share in his memory. I worked with John at Ventura Regional. I will always be thankful for his spirit, knowledge and kindness. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Ventura Regional Retiree

Berniece Bird

November 30, 2011

I worked with John at Ventura Regional. He always had a big smile for everyone. His job was very important to him and he was a hard worker. He will be greatly missed and my heart goes out to all his family.

Ventura Regional Retiree

Steve Broggie

November 30, 2011

You could always count on John for a wave and a smile. He was very much considered a member of the Hill Canyon family and he will be greatly missed.

Paul Henke

November 29, 2011

I knew Johnny professionally through his employment with the city of Simi Valley water department. While we worked in different departments we would occasionally run into one another during the course of our jobs. Johnny left to work with Ventura Regional but he would stop in about once a year just to catch up. He will be remembered by me as a genuinely "Nice Guy". My sincerest condolences to the family.