10254 W. Carlton Bay | Garden City, ID 83714

James (Matt) Matthew Johnston October 28, 1927 - February 19, 2021

In the early afternoon of Friday, February 19, 2021 Heaven gained an amazing father, grandfather and husband. James Matthew Johnston, also known as “Matt”, slipped away peacefully into the arms of his Savior.


Born in Pueblo, Colorado on October 28, 1927 to Bernice Gertrude Johnston and James Barnett Johnston, Matt was the youngest of 5 children. As an adult Matt twice joined the Navy to serve his country and also worked as a ranch hand in south central Oregon, roping cattle and riding horses. It was during this time that he met and married his wife of 69 years, Christina Blair Ramsay of Edinburgh, Scotland.


While attending college Matt raised his family and earned a degree in Civil Engineering. During his illustrious career Matt worked for several large international engineering firms that employed him overseas in such countries as Haiti, Pakistan, Turkey, Guatemala and Argentina.


Matt was a compassionate and generous person who was known to help anyone in need. He put others before himself and worked hard to provide for his family. His love for Christ was also evident and one would often find Matt reading his Bible, praying, or talking to someone about his faith. He was very instrumental in showing his children the way to Christ. Indeed, even in his final days he was sharing his love for Christ with the attending staff at the Terraces where he lived. As a result, Matt left a legacy of love and faith for his children to pass on for generations to come.


Preceding Matt in death is his bride, Christina Blair Johnston, sisters Jean, Jane, Betty and Carol, and his parents Bernice and James Johnston. He is survived by 5 children: Rev. Dr. Mark Johnston (Julia) of Norfolk, Virginia, Dr. Callum Johnston of Florence, South Carolina, Dr. Matt Johnston (Leyla) of Brunswick, Georgia, Rev. Dr. Cinda Swan (Terry) of Campbellsville, Kentucky, and Chris Johnston (Jeannie) of Parma, Idaho.


He also is survived by 13 grandchildren: Daniel Johnston, Josiah Ramsay Johnston, Jenni Rose Arnette, Joshua Johnston, Zach Johnston, Sara Parker, Lisa Rabitor, Asa James Swan, Eva Swan, Nathan Johnston, Josiah Matthew Johnston, Sean Johnston, and Arielle Johnston.

Services will be announced shortly.

Services will be announced shortly


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    Steve and Wanda Weaver says

    Sending our prayers.

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    Robert and Judithann Hill says

    Matt was a wonderful neighbor of ours on Chickory Way. He was kind, thoughtful. He walked everyday even after a stroke and moving to the Terraces. He was a good man and well read. A faithful Christian.

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