Jim Johnston

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 lifelong friends. 


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.