David Jordan Johnston

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ASHEVILLE - David Jordan Johnston, 75, has breathed his last breath. 

Born on April 18, 1944, in Erie, Pennsylvania, he died on Nov. 29, 2019, in Asheville. 

His four sons survive him - Jordan, of Flagler Beach, Florida; Matthew of Grass Valley, California; Derrick of Sausalito, California; and Alex of Highlands. 

He is also survived by Toni, who was his longtime partner and mother to his children; six grandchildren; a younger brother; sister; and nieces and nephews. 

He left his physical body as it succumbed to gastrointestinal issues. Known for his compassion, creativity, optimism and curiosity, he was a dreamer and a creator.

He graduated from the University of Florida, completing a Master’s degree in business and was an entrepreneur by heart. He helped create many businesses in Macon and Jackson counties, including a cable company that brought cable TV to Highlands, a Lake Glenville marina, a real estate organization and a bakery. His love was land, and he was always looking for a deal, loving to buy and less accustomed to selling.

David was known by many, and his eccentricity was both endearing and humorous. He was happy to bring laughter, even at his own expense. He taught without praise. He inspired to explore. He faced and persevered through many trials, always with a glimmer of hope. He treated all with equal respect and supported many who had nowhere else to go. He cared for those that took advantage of him. He was loved and was an individualist at heart, much more likely to help others than ask for help. We love you forever, Dad, you co-created a life for us, and we are grateful for the full expression of you.

A gathering of gratitude will take place at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park in Highlands on July 12, 2020.