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Jeffrey Dean Johnston "Jeff" was taken from us suddenly in the early morning hours of July 15 2012. He was born May 4, 1957 in Saginaw, Mich. He moved with his family in 1960 to Phoenix. He graduated from Washington High School in 1975. After high school he worked as a lab technician in the dental arts field and started his own company, "Lone Tooth Dental" in 1980. In 2004, Mr. Johnston relocated his business to Payson. He was supported by a number of local dentists, who appreciated his fairness and quality workmanship. He loved travel and time on his quad in the outdoors. While in Payson, Mr. Johnston made many friends and hosted a popular card game at his home (Raccoon Hilton) for many of them. He was preceded in death by his father Robert who passed away in 2004. Life will not be the same for those he leaves behind, including his mother, Norma of Payson; brother, Bob and wife Leslie from Sacramento, Calif.; brother, Phil and wife Tina from Mesa; sister, Sheila from Surprise; nieces Stephanie, Angela, Jessica, Krystal, Jordan, Caitlin and Haley; and nephews, Cole, Chad, Josh, Austin J. and Austin D; as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins. The family requests that memorial contributions be made in Jeff's name to the Humane Society of Central Arizona (P.O. Box 242, Payson, AZ. 85547). A celebration of his life will be held on August 18th at 1PM at Messinger Payson Funeral Home (901 S. Westerly Rd., Payson, AZ.)
Published in The Arizona Republic on July 29, 2012