Patrick Alan Johnston

November 09, 1955 ‒ July 21, 2018

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Patrick Alan Johntson, age 62, of Mount Vernon, went to Heaven Saturday, July 21, 2018.  Pat had spent the day with his brother at the MLB Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, NY.

Pat was born November 9, 1955, in Warren, Ohio to Francis Jean Carlton Johnston and Chester Johnston.  Pat graduated in 1973 from Warren Western Reserve High School in Warren, OH.  He attended Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA.

Pat’s early working years were in many areas of food service, including running the galley on an offshore oil rig, food salesman and restaurant owner.  Pat got his CDL and saw America from his big truck.  He then went to work in the oilfields of western North Dakota.

Pat was preceded in death by his mother and father; his grandson Arlo Reed Holley; and his uncle, Cal Carlton.

He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Jana Turley Johnston; step-son Jeremy Chapin; step-daughter, Mandy (Steven) Holley; granddaughter, Joni Mae Holley; mother-in-law, Carolyn Turley; step mother-in-law, Barbara Turley; sisters-in-law, Judi (Bob) Nagode and Jodi Turley; brother-in-law, Mark Turley; brother, Mike (Debi) Johnston; nephews, Jason Johnston (Reena Case), Aaron Johnston, Brian (Samantha) Johnston; as well as uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, great-niece, great-nephew and many cousins.

Pat was an excellent cook and baker.  He always worked too hard.  He was kind, generous and always optimistic.  He was also a lifelong Cleveland Indians fan.  GO TRIBE!  He and Jana had many adventures.  Pat only got to be a grandpa for five months but he loved Joni Mae.

A celebration of life service will take place Saturday, August 4, at 1 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Nazarene University Ariel Arena/Foster Hall, Mount Vernon, OH.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to: Pat’s step-daughter Mandy’s kidney transplant fund or a charity of your choice.  Contact Jana for account information.

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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Patrick Alan Johnston.


  • You were one of my best friends, Pat. We knew each other since elementary school. We certainly had our share of experiences, didn’t we? We grew up in a special time. I’m happy we continued contact to the present by phone and by email. We exchanged presents we knew the other would enjoy. You have always been kind and giving, in fact well beyond your years back in our early school days. May you rest in divine peace, friend….

  • RIP Pat… guardian angel to all who adore you. Deserved peace at last, Raider. 🙏🦋🙏
    Rosanna & Dan

  • God bless you Jana, you are loved and remembered at this difficult time. We will continue to pray for you and your family, especially Mandy.

  • My condolences to Pat’s family from across the ages, as Pat and I were friends at the old (now non-existent) Laird Ave. Elementary School. Along with his brother Mike, we were two house away neighbors on Woodbine Ave in Warren. Pat and I re-crossed paths years later as high school seniors, he at WWR, and me at Howland.
    Pat was ADVENTUROUS…to the point of “anything could happen”, which is what made him so much fun. And he was a devoted friend. May he rest in God’s grace!
    Also, how amazing is our electronic world, for in reading the other condolences offered to Pat, I was surprised and pleased to see the condolence submitted by another long-lost mutual friend of ours from those halcyon days of yester-year, Mr. David McCormick. Hello, David. I hope that your life has been a rewarding journey…

  • While I didn’t know Patrick, Jana has been a blessing to my family and me at MVNU and we are truly sorry for the loss. I’m sure being at peace is bittersweet for the family and hope you too will be blessed with peace during this time.

  • Jana & Mandy,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Pat was such a nice man. You and your family were there by our side in our losses, & we appreciated the friendship and caring you bestowed on us. I am really sorry for the recent losses you’ve endured. You are in my prayers. I love you both.