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Hampton Vaughan Crestview Funeral Home & Memorial Park

1917 Archer City Hwy, Wichita Falls, TX

OBITUARY

Jeffrey Elwood Johnston

November 19, 1954May 15, 2020

Jeffery Elwood Johnston, 65, passed away May 15, 2020 in a San Antonio hospital surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 22, 2:30pm, at Hampton Vaughn Crestview Chapel. Rev. Everett McCarley, pastor of Medina Valley United Methodist Church, Castroville, Texas will officiate. A viewing will occur on Thursday, May 21, 6:00pm. Burial will follow at Crestview Memorial Park. Jeffrey was born in Wichita Falls, Texas to Meredith Elwood and Helen Hartman Johnston. He attended Sam Houston Elementary, Zundelowitz Junior High and Wichita Falls High School. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas, and a Master of Science in Physics from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. Jeff began his engineering career in the solar industry, working for Solar Kinetics in Dallas, Texas for 6 years. The family moved back to Wichita Falls, Texas in 1985 to take over a family business, IPTA Printing and Graphics. In 1988 he returned to an engineering career and eventually managed the Process Engineering division of Vetrotex-Certainteed in Wichita Falls, Texas until it closed in 2008. While employed at Certainteed he traveled to France and Spain to share developments from the Wichita Falls facility with European fiberglass plants within the company. He developed a program to employ college students, giving them the opportunity to experience corporate engineering. When Certainteed closed, he took his process engineering expertise to PPG and once again traveled internationally to China. In 2012 Jeff made the decision to attend the Vernon College Law Enforcement Academy. He explained that he was too young for Vietnam and always felt he needed to serve his country in some way. Law enforcement was a good alternative. He served as a reserve deputy sheriff for Clay County and later Archer County in Texas. Upon retirement from the engineering field, he began a new career as a high school science teacher. He taught science at City View High School in Wichita Falls, Texas. In 2018 he moved to San Antonio, Texas and was employed as a high school science teacher at Harlandale ISD Alternative School until his passing. His goal was not just to teach science, but to make a difference in students’ lives. Jeff arranged his career so that he was available for his three children. He was involved in Y-Indian Guides, teaching camping and outdoor skills. He helped coach soccer, basketball and baseball. He served on the board of the Wichita Falls Soccer Association, and as a soccer referee. He coached The Saints and The Poppies and built lasting relationships through these experiences. In 1998 Jeff suffered a viral infection that resulted in severe damage to his heart. His accomplishments after this are a true testament to his mental strength and determination. Jeff enjoyed hunting and shooting. In his younger years he was an accomplished water skier, and later developed a love of the mountains and snow skiing. He had a deep love of dogs, especially Irish Setters. Jeff is survived by his wife Cherry Johnston of San Antonio, 3 children: son Colin Johnston of Wichita Falls, Texas, son Byron Johnston of Moore, Oklahoma, and daughter Darcy Johnston of Wichita Falls, Texas. He is also survived by his sister Judy Martz (Harvey Martz, husband) of Littleton, Colorado, a niece Meredith Martz Luttrell (Greg, husband) of Littleton, Colorado, and 2 grandsons Jeffrey and Corbin Johnston. He was preceded in death by his parents Meredith Elwood and Helen Johnston and a nephew Todd Martz. Memorials may be made to Boys and Girls Club of Wichita Falls, Texas, Greater Wichita Falls Soccer Association, Medina Valley United Methodist Church, Castroville, Texas, or a charity of your choice.

Services

  • Vistation

    Thursday, May 21, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, May 22, 2020

  • Interment

    Friday, May 22, 2020

Memories

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Dana Wilson

May 22, 2020

Dear Cherry and Family,
I am deeply sorry for your lose. Jeff was an amazing man who accomplished a lot in his life. I feel his biggest accomplishment was his family. I enjoyed seeing him around Midway as a supporter of the school and working security at different events. I got to know some about the family working many years with Cherry at Midway. I miss you and are thinking of you and the family at this difficult time.
You are in my prayers, love,
Dana

Debra Stevens Stevens

May 21, 2020

I remember when Jeff was born. He was my baby boy cousin. I always remember him laughing. His hobbies were intriguing to me. His energy was always high . He tried his best to help me ski on one ski to no avail. Good times on the lake and many wonderful memories. He was a good man of many talents. He left a legacy.

Dena Johnston Hardin

May 20, 2020

I have many childhood memories of my cousin Jeffrey, he spent a lot of time with us growing up because we lived in the country and he begged my Aunt Helen and Uncle Elwood to stay with us. Jeff had allergies and I had asthma so we were not to go in the barn or anywhere near hay! We decided to check out the hayloft because it was so fun and boy did we get in trouble! That is just one of so many fun memories we had. He was always there when we needed him as we got older. Love and miss him! Dena

Diane J. Lockard

May 19, 2020

Jeff and I were very close cousins as children. We played together when my Mom and Aunt Helen visited at least once a week. We were 6 months apart in age and were called the “Gold Dust Twins”.
All my life he and myself could pickup like little time had lapsed since our last visit. He loved Cherry and his children dearly as well as his parents and sister. He was there for me when my parents died. He was always there. I loved him so much. Diane

Margaret C. Aldridge

May 19, 2020

Dear Byron, Colin and Darcy, my sincere condolances on the death of your father. You will all be in my prayers, as I ask God to strenghthen you at this time. It seems such a short time ago since you were all my 6th graders. Take care of your mother and each other, love one another always.
Margaret C. Aldridge

John McBride

May 19, 2020

Jeff and I were always competitive in our academic pursuits...he always pushed me to be better and I would have to say he was a good friend with loyalty to our joint success...he will be missed and I enjoyed our times in Calculus independent study groups with the other math wizzes. It was great camaraderie.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Jeffery Elwood Johnston, 65, passed away May 15, 2020 in a San Antonio hospital surrounded by his family.
Funeral services will be held Friday, May 22, 2:30pm, at Hampton Vaughn Crestview Chapel. Rev. Everett McCarley, pastor of Medina Valley United Methodist Church, Castroville, Texas will officiate. A viewing will occur on Thursday, May 21, 6:00pm. Burial will follow at Crestview Memorial Park.
Jeffrey was born in Wichita Falls, Texas to Meredith Elwood and Helen Hartman Johnston. He attended Sam Houston Elementary, Zundelowitz Junior High and Wichita Falls High School. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas, and a Master of Science in Physics from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas.
Jeff began his engineering career in the solar industry, working for Solar Kinetics in Dallas, Texas for 6 years. The family moved back to Wichita Falls, Texas in 1985 to take over a family business, IPTA Printing and Graphics. In 1988 he returned to an engineering career and eventually managed the Process Engineering division of Vetrotex-Certainteed in Wichita Falls, Texas until it closed in 2008. While employed at Certainteed he traveled to France and Spain to share developments from the Wichita Falls facility with European fiberglass plants within the company. He developed a program to employ college students, giving them the opportunity to experience corporate engineering. When Certainteed closed, he took his process engineering expertise to PPG and once again traveled internationally to China.
In 2012 Jeff made the decision to attend the Vernon College Law Enforcement Academy. He explained that he was too young for Vietnam and always felt he needed to serve his country in some way. Law enforcement was a good alternative. He served as a reserve deputy sheriff for Clay County and later Archer County in Texas.
Upon retirement from the engineering field, he began a new career as a high school science teacher. He taught science at City View High School in Wichita Falls, Texas. In 2018 he moved to San Antonio, Texas and was employed as a high school science teacher at Harlandale ISD Alternative School until his passing. His goal was not just to teach science, but to make a difference in students’ lives.
Jeff arranged his career so that he was available for his three children. He was involved in Y-Indian Guides, teaching camping and outdoor skills. He helped coach soccer, basketball and baseball. He served on the board of the Wichita Falls Soccer Association, and as a soccer referee. He coached The Saints and The Poppies and built lasting relationships through these experiences.
In 1998 Jeff suffered a viral infection that resulted in severe damage to his heart. His accomplishments after this are a true testament to his mental strength and determination.
Jeff enjoyed hunting and shooting. In his younger years he was an accomplished water skier, and later developed a love of the mountains and snow skiing. He had a deep love of dogs, especially Irish Setters.
Jeff is survived by his wife Cherry Johnston of San Antonio, 3 children: son Colin Johnston of Wichita Falls, Texas, son Byron Johnston of Moore, Oklahoma, and daughter Darcy Johnston of Wichita Falls, Texas. He is also survived by his sister Judy Martz (Harvey Martz, husband) of Littleton, Colorado, a niece Meredith Martz Luttrell (Greg, husband) of Littleton, Colorado, and 2 grandsons Jeffrey and Corbin Johnston. He was preceded in death by his parents Meredith Elwood and Helen Johnston and a nephew Todd Martz.
Memorials may be made to Boys and Girls Club of Wichita Falls, Texas, Greater Wichita Falls Soccer Association, Medina Valley United Methodist Church, Castroville, Texas, or a charity of your choice.

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