James Patrick Johnston was born July 2, 1935 in Mitchell, SD to Patrick Henry and Gertrude (Weber) Johnston. He grew up on a farm north of Emery and attended St. Martin’s Parochial School in Emery. He worked on the family farm until enlisting in the US Army. On August 13, 1960 he married Charolette Chivington. They made their home in Farmer, SD. He was employed at the Spencer quarries for fifteen years and operated a welding and repair shop in Farmer for a couple of years. He was a shift supervisor at Thermoset Plastics and worked in maintenance at Toshiba America in Mitchell until retiring in July of 2000. He was a founding member and was very proud of the Annual Farmer Antique Tractor and Car Parade. He enjoyed and took great pride in repairing and tinkering with all sorts of equipment.
He is survived by his four children: Sheila Wolf and husband, Mike of Farmer, SD, Dale Johnston and wife, April of Montrose, SD, Marlene Duffy of Mitchell, SD and Patrick Johnston and wife, Tammy of Sioux Falls, SD; ten grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers: Gene Johnston and wife; Barb of Alexandria, SD, Bill Johnston of Brandon, SD; three sisters: Betty Mellor and husband, Al of Ocoma, FL, Joan Dunn and husband, Ron of Sioux Falls, SD and Marcia Maiers and husband, Dennis of Alexandria, SD. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Larry and a granddaughter, Mary Angel Wolf.