Russell Johnston

March 29, 1915 – July 3, 2008

Russell Glen Johnston, 93, of Sweet Home died July 3, 2008 in an Albany care center.

He was born March 29, 1915, in Caldwell, Idaho, the son of Ray Johnston and Ruby Fivecoat. As a child he lived in several Idaho towns, but eventually ended up back in Caldwell to attend high school.

Mr. Johnston worked 33 years for the Idaho Department of Agriculture as an inspector of fruits and vegetables.

On July 6, 1954 he married the love of his life, Donna Keech, in Boise, Idaho.

They moved to Homedale, Idaho to raise a blended family of a son and daughter from previous marriages. Their family was completed the following year with the birth of their son.

Mr. Johnston was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He was a friend to everyone he met and enjoyed 27 years of volunteering for the Sweet Home Meals on Wheels program. He also enjoyed fishing, camping, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife Donna of Sweet Home; sons James of Canyon City and Glenn of Boise, Idaho; daughter Joleen Mahler of Sweet Home; brothers Lloyd of Spokane, Wash. and Nick of Sacramento, Calif.; 11 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three sisters and one brother.

A graveside service was held Monday at Gilliland Cemetery.

Contributions can be made to Meals On Wheels, serving the Sweet Home area.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.