Mr. Donald Lawrence Johnston

  • Born: June 5, 1948
  • Died: January 19, 2013
  • Location: Desert Hot Springs, California

Rose Mortuary & Crematory

66424 Pierson Blvd.
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
Tel. (760) 251-7673

Tribute & Message From The Family

Donald Johnston

Donald L. Johnston

June 5, 1948 – January 19, 2013

Born in Long Beach California to Mary and Bruce Johnston, growing up in the Long Beach area. He is survived by his parents, a sister, Claudia Rizzo, Nephew John Rizzo and a niece Jaclyn Rizzo and many, many friends.

He graduated from Lakewood High School in 1965, from Long Beach City College in 1971 and from University of Southern California in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

He came to the desert in 1984 to assist the family business and through the years became a bartender working throughout the Coachella Valley. He became an avid golfer (witness his email address, ( residing in Mission Lakes Country Club until his death.

He was deeply religious and used to go to hear Dr. Gene Scott until Dr. Scott's death. He was an avid reader and followed all types of sports on TV and newspapers. He always read his horoscope, which on the day of his death read as follows: "What if your path is not a path at all? You are already at the destination."

A memorial is planned for February 2, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. at the Desert Hot Springs Elks Lodge at 64680 Pierson Boulevard, Desert Hot Springs, California.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Elk State Major Projects would be appropriate. Send to BPOE 2639, 64680 Pierson Boulevard, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240.

Arrangements are under the direction of Rose Mortuary, Desert Hot Springs, California.