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James Leslie Johnston, age 86

James Leslie Johnston, age 86, of Madison, Wisconsin went to be with the Lord on November 18, 2022. He was born in Washington DC on March 5, 1936 to the late Harry Lester Johnston and Loretta May Prue Johnston.

James graduated from Fairfax High School in Fairfax, Virginia in 1954. He served as an Airman Second Class in the United States Air Force Reserves and was honorably discharged on April 2, 1965. He graduated with a Master’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He taught psychology at the Madison Area Technical College for over 30 years. He was very active in the DeForest Area Community and Senior Center.

James is preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Harry Lester Johnston II, Donald Arthur Johnston, and John Wallace Johnston.

He leaves behind his loving wife Joan Marie Freeck Sabin Johnston; step-children Craig Sabin and Lynn Sabin; step-grandchildren Ryan Sabin, Lia Sabin, and Alexandra Sabin; sisters Muriel Ann Johnston Nickolich, Marilyn Lee Johnston Harwell, and Judith Lynn Johnston Gilmore; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Memorials can be made to the Salvation Army in memory of James.

Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at


  • Lisa and Greg Stacey Posted December 2, 2022 9:34 PM

    We are so sorry for your loss. Jim as a great neighbor and friend to many. We will miss seeing in our neighborhood. Love and prayers to all of you.

  • Terry Sizer Posted December 9, 2022 12:20 PM

    Joan, I was so sorry to read of Jim’s death. I remember so well how he was always at your side at any of our GHC events. Mark and I still thank you for your gracious invite to the Sunday MSO concert and reception after ? Before Covid hit! Accept our condolences and May special memories slowly replace your heart ache!

  • John Engleslby, DAHS Curator Posted December 22, 2022 8:35 AM

    I considered it such an honor to know and work with James in the DeForest, WI area. He was such an advocate for the community, contributing in every way possible to our local Community Center, DeForest Area Historical Society, DeForest Foundation, and so many more grouips. I joined him as a guest at concerts given by the Madison Symphony Orchestra. He was a true friend to so many and provided a wonderful legacy that we all admire.

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