Samuel Johnston, 89, of Izoro died Feb. 5, 2018.
He was born on Oct. 22, 1928 in Lubbock to the late Robert and Annie Eileen Johnston. He grew up and attended school in Bovina, where he dreamed of one day becoming a doctor or rancher.
After high school and attending Texas Tech University, Johnston graduated from the University of Texas Medical School in Galveston in 1954 with his M.D. In 1963, he established his medical practice in Salinas, California as a general surgeon and proctologist.
Dr. Johnston and his wife, Sandra, raised their family of four boys while he went on to practice in Salinas for 45 years.
Retiring in 1994, he followed his other dream: ranching. Sam and his wife, Karen, moved to Central Texas in 1995. With the assistance of son Brent and nephew Scott Rector, he built fences, cleared pastures and raised cattle up until the recent months. In Texas, he enjoyed the country life and his many friends.
Dr. Johnston was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Will Rector of Abilene; brothers, Mike Johnston and Bob Johnston; and by a son, Dyke.
He is survived by his wife, Karen Johnston; sons, Zande Johnston and wife Molly of Rescue, California, Kirk Johnston and wife Linda of Salinas, and Brent Johnston and wife Janet of Copperas Cove, Texas; grandchildren, Sam, Annie, Kittra, Amy, Justin and Kristen; 12 greatgrandchildren; a sister, Nancy Shelly of Hobbs, New Mexico; brother, Dan Johnston of Lubbock; and many nieces and nephews.
Dr. Johnston was a hardworking, compassionate man. He will be remembered for providing medical services for migrant farm workers who could only pay him with a box of vegetables. He also was passionate about the 60-plus trees that he planted on his ranch.
Scott’s Funeral Home in Gatesville has charge of arrangements.