James “Jim” Johnston passed away on November 4, 2023. He will be remembered for his remarkable career in the Minor leagues, particularly his time with the Yankees and Cardinals, lasting an impressive 12 years. As a power hitter and first baseman, he followed in his father's footsteps, leaving a lasting legacy in the sport.
Born with a natural talent for athletics, Jim excelled both on the baseball diamond and basketball court during his youth. At Normandy High School, he distinguished himself as an exceptional athlete with numerous records that would be honored for years to come. His dedication to sports was truly commendable.
Beyond his athletic abilities, Jim was known for his love of dance. He had a contagious enthusiasm and was always the first to hit the dance floor with his signature move - the "Twist." This joyful spirit endeared him to many and created countless fond memories throughout his life.
Those who knew Jim describe him as a funny and strong man with unwavering faith. He exemplified true strength through not only his physical capabilities but also in his unyielding resolve to overcome challenges. Moreover, he was a loving father and husband whose devotion knew no bounds. His family feels especially blessed knowing that he was used by God on several different occasions to save the life of a child, one being when he was able to save two children that were drowning on the Big River, he pulled them to safety from the water into his boat. This is a story that was told over and over by parents and other family members.
While Jim left an indelible mark on the sports world, his proudest accomplishments were undoubtedly his children. His love for them knew no bounds, and he took immense pride in their achievements and happiness.
In addition to his family life and athletic career, James served in the Marines, exemplifying courage and patriotism in service of his country. His military service underscored his deep-rooted sense of duty, honor, and sacrifice.
Outside of sports and military service, Jim cultivated various hobbies and interests throughout his life. Golf remained a passion well into his eighties, demonstrating both skill and dedication throughout every round played. He also found solace in fishing and hunting, reveling in nature's embrace. For many years, he served as a Mashall in Troy, overseeing and ensuring the smooth proceedings of events.
Jim is preceded in death by his father, Everett Johnston; his mother, Thelma Johnston; his brother, Jack Johnston; and his sister, Muriel Jamison. Although they may be physically absent, their presence will always be felt in the cherished memories they shared.
He is survived by his loving wife, Carolyn M. Johnston; his son, Mike Johnston; his daughter, Jill (Mike) Stulce; his daughter, Melody Monroe; his cherished grandchildren, Sam Stulce, Ty (Kristen) Stulce, Gavin Stulce and Delaney Stulce; and his great-grandchildren Giselle May, Ty Stulce Jr. and John Stulce. They will carry on James's spirit of love and resilience.
Jim Johnston will forever be remembered as an extraordinary athlete, a joyful dancer, a devoted family man, and a faithful serviceman. His legacy will continue to inspire generations to come. As we bid him farewell, let us celebrate the remarkable life he lived and honor the indomitable spirit that made him truly unforgettable.