INTERLOCHEN — Tobin L. Johnston, age 44, of Interlochen, passed away suddenly in the late hours of the evening on Feb. 1, 2014, while at home with his wife of 17 years, Kathy Johnston.
A 1990 graduate of Traverse City Central Tobin had called the Traverse City region home for more than 30 years.
An aspiring musician who had started writing music, his warm smile, infectious laugh and calm demeanor will be greatly missed by all who knew him including those who rode the Benzie and TCAPS buses he drove and the many school children who shared their lunch hours with him in the time he was a lunchroom supervisor.
Along with love of family, his unwavering faith and devotion was the foundation in his life.
In answering the Lord’s call Tobin is survived by his wife, Kathy; sons, James and Michael; mother and step-father, Donelda and Bruce Holland-Moritz, of Traverse City; father-in-law, Steve Albright, of Green Castle, Ind.; brother, Kevin Johnston, of Harbor Springs; brother, Timothy Johnston and wife, Debbie, of Traverse City; aunt, Carol and Dave Lemmen, of Traverse City; uncle, Frank and Pat Christie, of Onekama; uncle, Bruce and Peggy Christie, of Brooksville, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to siblings, he is survived by cousins, Christy Olsen, of Minneapolis, Minn., Kelly Christie, of Saline, and Gregg Christie, of Chicago, Ill., all of whom shared Tobin’s childhood like sisters and brother.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Lottie Christie, of Traverse City; grandfather, Orville Christie, of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.; mother-in-law, Janet Albright, of Green Castle, Ind.; and sister-in-law, Lenora M. Johnston, of Harbor Springs.
Memorial services will be held Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, at 2 p.m., at the Sonlife Church, 51 North Benzie Blvd., Beulah.
In lieu of flowers, donations for family expenses can be made at the memorial service.