Former Troy resident James Lloyd Johnston, 60, retired teacher and coach,
died June 22, 2001, at his home in Orofino, Idaho.
He was born June 15, 1941, at St. Maries, Idaho, to James and Betty
Johnston. The family moved to Troy where Jim enjoyed a wonderful childhood and made
After graduating from Troy High School in 1959, Jim attended the University of
Montana at Missoula, earning a bachelor degree in education. His teaching career at the high school level spanned 33 years and touched many
lives. He coached a variety of sports and his success as a coach was a source of
pride and pleasure to Jim and his family.
His long career in teaching and coaching included time in Plains and Brockton in
Montana and Orofino and Timberline in Idaho. He will be best remembered as head
football coach for the Orofino Maniacs. He served as president of the Idaho State Coaches Association and earned a
number of awards from the activities association and was Coach of the Year for
Idaho District 2 in 1980.
The first Jim Johnston All School Reunion Scholarships were awarded recently
at Troy High School.
Besides coaching and teaching, Jim enjoyed the time he spent with family and
friends, old and new. Survivors include his mother Betty, Troy; son and daughter-in-law Todd and Angie
Johnston and their daughters Rebecca and Alyssa, Camano Island, Wash., daughter
and son-in-law Kelli and Tom Flanagan and their son Ben, Anchorage, Alaska;
brother Don, Troy, and many other relatives and friends.
Memorials may be made to the "Jim Johnston Troy All School Reunion
Scholarship Fund" at PO Box 2000, Troy, MT 59935.