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Stanley Tajima Johnston


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Stanley Tajima Johnston Obituary
March 29, 1951 - November 24, 2016 Stanley Tajima Johnston, 65, of Los Angeles and Berkeley, CA, left us on Thanksgiving Day 2016. In his passing he was surrounded by his adoring wife, Elaine, and dear friends. Our Stanley was loved in great abundance and will be missed forever. Stanley treasured his family - his wife Elaine, daughter Moira and stepdaughter Aimee, sister Marguerite (Peggy), brother Michael, brother-in-law David, sisters-in-law Wendy, Linda, Pam and nephew, David. Stanley also relished his friendships, lively conversation, great hugs, and his three big dogs. Stanley encompassed a world of kindness, humor, respect and immeasurable love. He gave endlessly and willingly, and lived by his code of helping others. People brought him joy. We give thanks for his daily words of gratitude and for his final Thanksgiving message reminding us to love and enjoy one another. As a young man Stanley grew up in Berkeley, CA, with his parents Ted and Maggie Johnston, and his brother and sister Mike and Peggy. He graduated from El Cerrito Senior High and studied Political Science and Economics at UC Berkeley and at San Diego State. Stanley started working with sound in junior high and launched his professional career at KPFA radio in Berkeley and KSAN in San Francisco. He spent the next 40 years in sound engineering and producing for music, films and television. Over the years he worked with and enjoyed the company of many greats - including Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Boz Scaggs, Steven Bochco, Jason Reitman, Sean Callery and more. Most recently, Stanley thrived in the company of colleagues at Warner Brothers in Burbank. He loved his work and was well loved in return. A celebration of Stanley Tajima Johnston's life will be held in Los Angeles on January 15, 2017. Donations in Stanley's honor may be made to the National Park Service (nps.gov) or to the Alliance Ted K. Tajima High School. (laalliance.org).
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 9 to Dec. 11, 2016
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