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David H. Johnston

Posted On July 26th, 2013 -

DAVID H. JOHNSTON 76, passed away on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at his home in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He was born on December 21, 1936 in Montclair, NJ to Percy Hampton “Duke” Johnston, Jr. and the former Helen Scott Stoll of Lexington, KY. David was the grandson of Percy Hampton Johnston, president of the Chemical Bank 1920-1946 who was responsible for building Chemical into one of the largest U.S. Banks, and John G. Stoll, editor and publisher of the Lexington Leader who in 1937 purchased the Lexington Herald and continued the respective editorial policies of each. David moved to Hawaii as an infant where he lived until the onset of World War II when his father, a reserve officer, went immediately into active duty and the rest of the family was evacuated to Kentucky where David spent the duration of the war. After his mother’s death, he moved back to Hawaii where he attended Punahou School and later, boarding schools on the mainland. He attended Curry College in Milton, MA. He served in the Marine Corps. Reserve from 1956-61, the US Army in Thailand 1962-64, operated a wholesale food company in Hawaii and founded PolyDisc Systems and VasMetrics in Torrance, CA. He lived for many years in Redondo Beach, CA before retiring to Fort Lauderdale where he continued to pursue his love of the sea. He was an avid sailor with passages that included the Pacific, the South Pacific, the Atlantic and the Caribbean. He is survived by his beloved wife Linda Smith Johnston of Fort Lauderdale, his son Martin Percy Johnston of Cardiff, CA, his daughter Julie Johnston Burtech of Encinitas, CA, four grandchildren Jessica and Linda Johnston, Dominic and Maile Burtech, a sister Diane Johnston Paton of East Hampton, NY, two half brothers Stanton and Donald Johnston of Honolulu, 2 nieces and 3 nephews. His first wife was the former Judy Parker of Honolulu. He was predeceased by his brother Stephen Scott Johnston. A memorial service will be held in CA on Saturday, September 21 and the interment will take place on Wednesday, October 16 at 11:30am at the Lexington Cemetery in Lexington, KY. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Heart Association, P. O. Box 742030, Los Angeles, CA 90074-2030 or memorial gifts online at

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