David Johnston

David was born in Philadelphia on Feb. 27, 1923. He moved to Southern California around 1937 and served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1941 to 1946, during WWII. David learned the electrical trade from his father as a boy and received further training while in the Coast Guard, serving as an electrician on several ships. After the war, he returned to Southern California, where he married and raised a family.

In 1981, David and Thurma moved to the Kingman area, where their son, Erick, had moved the previous year. David died at home in Golden Valley on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008.

David is survived by Thurma, his wife of 58 years; their three children, Deborah, Suzanne and Erick; and their six granddaughters and five great-grandchildren. David is also survived by his brothers, Harold, Raymond and William; and his sister, Edith. There will be a memorial service held for David at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses at 4335 Stardust Road, Kingman.

David began studying the Bible with Jehovah's Witnesses in 1955, was baptized in 1956 and served as an elder for several decades. This remained his firm conviction until his death.

Although suffering ill health for a number of years, he maintained a positive outlook on life because of his Bible-based hope for the future (Acts 24:15; Rev. 21:3,4; Psalms 37:10,11). He took great pleasure in sharing that hope at every opportunity. We'll see you soon in the resurrection, Dad!