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William Landers Johnston

July 8, 1932 ~ December 21, 2020 (age 88)


William L. Johnston, 88, of Sacramento, CA passed away peacefully on  December 21 after a very short illness. He spent the last years of his life  happy and loved at the Rose Garden Care Home in Sacramento.


 He is preceded in death by his brother, Albert (2009), his parents Margaret and William Roland Johnston , his first wife, Andrea L Lloyd (2011) and numerous aunts and uncles.


He is survived by 4 children (by his first wife Andrea), 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Julie Ann Guyton, daughter,  grandchildren: Andrea,, Carissa and Nicole, and great grandchildren Liam and Capri.

Kristi  Lee Brackett, daughter, (John), grandchildren:  Jacob, Justin and Karina

Jenni Lynn Lloyd, daughter, grandchildren: Kylee, Braydon, and Kassidy

William (Bill) Toland Johnston, Son (Joann), grandchildren Cydney and AJ.

He is also survived by his second wife, Marianne Johnston Crosby and 

by his brother, John G. (Jack) Johnston 


William "Bill" Johnston led a full life in his 88 years.  He graduated from Stanford with a Master's degree in engineering.  Right after graduation he joined the Air Force and discharged  a Captain.  He was hired immediately  by Lockheed Missiles and Space Co now known as Lockheed Martin,  in Sunnyvale Ca, where he had an illustrious career as an Engineer and Manager. He helped design and manufacture  the tiles on the Space Shuttle that kept the excessive heat from re-entry into earth’s atmosphere. He was also very involved with the-manufacturing of the  Hubble Space  Telescope. He was sent  to Austin, Tx in 1982 to open  a new Lockheed facility.  After. completion of this project,  Bill returned to Sunnyvale, CA, where he retired in 1992, after more than 30 years.  

He started  a perfect  retirement job to keep him busy, at Lava Cap Winery in Placerville, CA.  He went from working in the tasting room, to local sales, to developing the position of National Sales Director..


 His entire life was centered around living healthy and  working out at the gym.  He worked hard during the week, weekends were spent either camping locally or taking day trips. No matter what he did, he always found a small bar or winery with  jazz or country music being played. He would have a glass of white wine with ice cubes. He will surely be missed.


His ashes will be laid to rest at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon CA with full military honors.

Due to Covid, this will be a private ceremony.


Due to Covid, a celebration of his life will be held at a later time. 

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