Posted: November 16th, 2012

MICHAEL DOUGLAS JOHNSTON, passed away suddenly in Magrath on Friday, November 9th, 2012 at the age of 58 years, beloved husband of Melodie Johnston.
Michael was born in London, Ontario on August 26th, 1954, growing up in Delhi, Ontario, moving to Alberta in 1975.
Michael held a journeyman parts certificate and worked for Marlborough Ford Sales, Renfrew Chrysler, Hi-way Service, College Mercury. Over time Michael sold cars for Peter Pocklington, Taber Ford, Woodridge Lincoln Mercury and College Mercury.
Michael had a BA in History and Anthropology and a B ED in Social Studies. He taught TOEFL and ESL in Korea, then taught at schools in Fraser Lake BC, College of New Caledonia BC, Westwinds School Division, Siksika Nation, Leader Composite School, Sask. and ending up at Robert Warren Junior High teaching English, Social Studies and Industrial Arts.
He had several hobbies including becoming a guide for Alpine Stables (Waterton Park). Loving anything to do with horses.
After surviving radiation and chemotherapy for cancer, he started his own bucket list of touring the world going to India, Nepal, Spain, Portugal, North Africa, Korea, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Australia.
Michael is survived by his wife Melodie Johnston, daughter Chynna (Shawn Cody Passey), grandchildren Caitlyn and Jeremy, his first wife Rosemary Barnutz and their children Jason (Heather) Barnutz, grandchildren Trevor and Stephanie, daughter Crystal (Brian) Riech and grandchildren Joshua, Matthew and Jonathan. His mother Barbara Johnston and siblings Pat (Darlene) Johnston, Mitchell (Joanne) Johnston, Wendy (Michel) Tremblay. Many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded by his father Douglas Johnston, Father-in-law Walter Andrews and grandson Jonah Riech.
The Memorial Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Garden Place Chapel, in Magrath, on Saturday, November 17th, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. with Bishop John Balderson officiating. Friends may meet the family after the Memorial Service. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
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Funeral arrangements entrusted to Berry Gorham.
Legacy Funeral Homes Ltd.
P.O. Box 208
Cardston, Alberta T0K 0K0
Phone (403) 653-3222
Fax (403) 653-3677

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