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David M. Johnstone

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Date published: 1/27/2013

David M. Johnstone

David M. Johnstone, 86, passed away Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, in Conyers, Ga.

Born in 1926 in Miami, where he resided most of his life, David attended Robert E. Lee Junior High and Miami Edison Senior High schools until the age of 16, when he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps.

David served in the South Pacific Theater during World War II and was assigned to the USMC 1st Division, Devil Dog Dispatch. During his first deployment to the war zone his ship was torpedoed and he spent seven days on a raft in the Pacific Ocean before being rescued. David served in several areas of the South Pacific and was part of the invasion of Okinawa on Easter Sunday, during which most of his fellow Marines were killed. After his initial three-year enlistment during World War II, David re-enlisted and spent the next three years in Guam and Quantico. During his career, he was awarded an impressive number of medals and ribbons. He continued his military career in the Marine Corps Reserve until his retirement as a sergeant major with 41 years of service.

Upon returning to civilian life, he joined the U.S. Postal Service to begin a 34-year career. He was assigned to branches throughout Miami-Dade County as letter carrier, supervisor and ultimately manager, until his retirement in the 1980s. After retirement, he and his wife, Jean May, lived in various parts of the United States including Arlington, Texas; Kalamazoo, Mich.; and Fredericksburg.

Shortly after their 50th wedding anniversary, Mrs. Johnstone passed away, and David left Virginia and moved to Conyers to be near relatives.

David was an outgoing person with a great sense of humor who never met a stranger. He was charming, yet humble, always putting others before himself. He had a talent for making others feel special, always finding good qualities to praise. Always upbeat, and trying to cheer up those who needed it, he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his wife, David was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Vernon Armstrong; and brothers Charles Johnstone and Norman Armstrong.

He is survived by his sisters, Elida Tanner of Oxford, Ga., and Mary Wutzler (Jerry) of Coral Gables, Fla.; sister-in-law Martha Armstrong of Canton, N.C.; and many nephews and nieces.

At his request, there will be no service to mark his passing.