Thomas David Johnston
Jun 12, 1945 – May 31, 2016
CMDR. THOMAS DAVID JOHNSTON, USN, ret. June 12, 1945 – May 31, 2016.
Commander, Thomas David (“Dave”) Johnston, USN, ret. left us suddenly and unexpectedly on May 31, 2016. Dave was born in Seattle just 35 days after VE day, on June 12, 1945, a few months before his father, James William Johnston, a Navy and Marine officer, returned from the Pacific to him, his mother Victoria J. Johnston (nee Palmason) and his older brother James William Johnston, Jr. Dave grew up in the Mt. Baker district in Seattle and attended the Lakeside School, graduating in June, 1963. He was nominated to the US Naval Academy at Annapolis by then Sen. Warren G Magnuson, and graduated with honors with the class of ’67. From the Academy he went to Georgia Tech and earned his Masters in aeronautical engineering. He earned his Navy Aviator wings at Pensacola and went on to obtain his test pilot designation at the U.S. Navy test center at Patuxent River. He was a member of the team that brought the S-3 into service for the Navy as an anti-submarine aircraft. He flew several overseas and carrier-based tours with various S-3 squadrons including in Keflavik, Iceland and aboard the USS Eisenhower, the USS Forrestal and the USS Nimitz. He also did a “surface” based tour with the Sixth Fleet Staff in Italy. He served our country for over 24 years, retiring after distinguished service at the Pentagon during the first Gulf War.
Dave was a great pilot. His nickname, bestowed on him by those with whom he served, was Eeyore, because he was always looking for what could go wrong – which prevented things from doing exactly that.
After his retirement he moved from Reston, Virginia with his beloved Patricia Johns, to Port Orchard, Washington. Dave is survived by Patricia and her daughter Michelle Johns Wyatt, and granddaughter Victoria Eileen Wyatt. Dave is also survived by his older brother James William Johnston, Jr. of East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, his younger brother Robert Bruce Johnston of Port Ludlow, Washington and his younger sister Mary Victoria Johnston of Chardon, Ohio.
Services will be held at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church, 2400 N.W. 85th, Seattle, WA 98117, wednesday June 8th at 2:00 PM. The family requests remembrances to the Lakeside School, Seattle, Washington or to your chosen wounded veterans’ organization.
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