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Mr.  Donald Lawrence Johnston

Mr. Donald Lawrence Johnston
  • June 5, 1948 - January 19, 2013
  • Desert Hot Springs, California
  • In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Elk State Major Projects.
  • Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks 2639
    64680 Pierson Boulevard
    Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240

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“Very sad to hear of Don's passing. We were brothers in Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity at USC. I succeeded him as Sargent at Arms at our chapter...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Ralph Forte - Chino, CA

“Don, Thanks for all the good times at our Alpha Kappa Psi gatherings, especially on the water ski trips!Steve Davis USC 1977 ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: Steve Davis - Torrance, CA

“Literally just found out that Don had passed. A mutual friend, Deborah, who lives in Georgia and I were talking and we asked one another, "have you...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Adrienne - Palm Springs, CA

“It saddens me to learn of Don's passing! I live in Norther CA but had visited him when I was down in Palm Desert. He taught me to drive a golf cart...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Pamela O'Leary - Roseville, CA

“My heart is heavy with the loss of Don. My parents and I have known him for 20 years.He was a very good man! He will be missed by many. My...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Trisha Bartley - CA

“I Spent a lot of time On the Golf Course with Don... He was like a big brother to me. He will be missed by many! My prayers and thoughts are with...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Matt Walker

“I forgot to add our names to previous guest book. Yvonne & I are Tom & Yvonne Grogan. ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Bruce and MaryThis earth will surely miss Don's spiritual energy and his passion for the things he held dear. He honoured his father and mother...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Amber Severn - Vancouver, BC

“My dear DonThis earth will surely miss your spiritual energy and your passion for the things you held dear. I feel blessed to have shared time with...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Amber Severn - Vancouver, BC

“Condolences to the family. Don was a good guy and fun to golf with. ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Tom Stalker - MLCC, CA

“Hello Bruce & Mary. We are deeply saddened by the passing of your Son Don. Yvonne & I were friends & He & I were brother Elks for many years. We...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: A friend


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, (dljgolfer@aol.com) 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.