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Donald Earl Johnston

February 25, 1951 - May 7, 2023

Donald Earl Johnston
February 25, 1951 – May 7, 2023

Donald Johnston, 72, of Sweet Home passed away Sunday May 7, 2023. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements. www.sweethomefuneral.com.

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Donald “DJ” Earl Johnston
February 25, 1951 – May 7, 2023

Donald “DJ” Earl Johnston, 72, of Sweet Home passed away Sunday May 7, 2023. He was born February 25, 1951 in Emmett, Idaho. The son of Wilbur Earl and Mayme Louise (Verville) Johnston. His family lived in Roseburg and moved to Sweet Home in 1963.
Donald started work at Willamette National at 17 years old. It changed to Willamette Industries now as Weyerhaueser. He retired in 2016 after 45 years of service. He helped train new electrical/millwright trainees. DJ as most knew him by was a kind and giving person that took great pride in helping others. He gave to the Veterans and Native American kids. DJ cherished his family and cat Bob more than anything. He enjoyed cutting wood, riding three wheelers and quads, playing with grandkids, building birdhouses going to the coast and rock hounding. He restored his old ’57 chevy pick up with Richard and Vance. They are hoping to get “rat rod” on the track to race in honor of their Grandpa. He was devoted to helping Justin in his forestry competitions. Supplied him with a chainsaw and a grinder for perfect sharpening. Justin intended to restore a 1925 Star. They also built a catapult for a science project that surpassed all expectations.

He is survived by wife of 53 years Sue Johnston of Sweet Home, Children Buddy Johnston, Wanda and Richard Wolfe all of Sweet Home; Grandchildren Vance and Sierra and their son Taw Michael Wolfe of Amity, Justin and Kara Wolfe of Sweet Home; Sisters Darlene Oniel of Roseburg, Edna Fest of Milwaukie. In-laws; Bubba Shelton of Chester, California, Trudy and Les Zemmer of Baker City, Judy Nord of Pendleton, Dorthy Johnston of Brownsville, Martha Johnston of Oak Harbor Washington. Preceded in death by siblings Bill Johnston, Wayne Johnston, Beverly Mills. Brothers-in-law Ollie Oniel, Paul Shelton, sister-in-law Kim Wilson; In-laws Juanita and Tom Bradshaw.

Memorial Contributions can be made to Safe Haven Humane Society or the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance. The family wants to send a special thanks to his caregiver Sue Schultz and Signature Health Hospice team. Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements. www.sweethomefuneral.com.