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James Bishop Johnston

March 25, 1926 — July 11, 2022

James Bishop Johnston

James Bishop Johnston was born on March 25, 1926, to Albert S. And Juanita Campbell Johnston in Lincoln, Nebraska. He passed away peacefully July 11, 2022

From the age of twelve, Jim was very industrious, working in a local grocery store and delivering groceries through high school. He developed an interest and skill in woodworking, winning first place at the Nebraska State Fair with a wood wastepaper basket. In his teens, he worked as a lifeguard and greens keeper at Hillcrest Country Club. He graduated from Lincoln Central High School in 1942 and went on to study at the University of Nebraska. After two semesters, he was drafted into the Navy, but failed the eye test during his physical at Great Lakes Naval Training Center and was mustered out after two weeks. Jim graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1948 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business with minors in Economics and Chemistry. He was a lifelong supporter of the Cornhuskers.

Jim’s career with the S. S. Kresge Corporation (later Kmart Corporation) started in Chicago. He met Frieda Nan Fritz in Chicago and they were married on September 4, 1949. They were married for 62 years until Nan’s passing in 2012.

Jim managed stores for SS Kresge/Kmart for 33 years. From his start in Chicago, he moved on to manage stores in Racine, WI, Rochester, MN, Mattoon, IL, Decatur, IL, and Sioux City, IA. In 1969, Jim relocated to Utah with Kmart and ran the Ogden Wall Avenue store successfully for years. He was a member of the Ogden Golf and Country Club. During his career and into his “retirement”, Jim was very active in civic organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce Exchange Club, Salvation Army and Lions Club.    In 1974, Jim was honored to serve as President of the Utah Retail Merchants Association.

In retirement, he also kept active with the Small Business Administration SCORE Program, mentoring small business owners. He co-founded new businesses in physical and occupational therapy and pain management. In the mid-1970s, Jim learned to fly, earned his private pilot’s license and purchased his own plane.

Jim had an outgoing personality and made many, many friends over the years. We are grateful for his long life.

Jim is survived by his son, James, Jr. (wife Joanna); his daughter, Cynthia Crass Smith (husband Richard); his sister, Elizabeth Johnston Jones; four grandchildren, Sarah, Steve, TJ and Julia; and a great grand- son, Gregory.

The family sincerely thanks the staff at TREEO and Rocky Mountain Healthcare and Hospice (particularly Christine Swank) for making Jim’s life and last days as comfortable as possible. Also, many thanks to Jim’s Exchange Club friends and Peter DeBeer for all their support and long friendship.

A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.  at Leavitt’s Mortuary 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah.

In memory of Jim please donate to the charity of your choice.

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