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1955 – 2024

Timothy Lee Johnston was born September 9, 1955, in Ponca City, Oklahoma, to Philip and Glea Johnston. He passed from this life on March 13, 2024, at age 68.

Tim received a bachelor of science degree in architectural studies and a master’s in architecture from Oklahoma State University.

After graduation, Tim worked for the School of Architecture for a couple years as a research associate on earth-sheltered homes and other alternative energy areas. During this time, he met the love of his life, Carolyn Siddens. Tim and Carolyn were married May 17, 1981.

After accepting a job in Tulsa in 1982 with a startup software company, Tim went on to work in various software companies doing customer support, training, documentation, and part-time IT work. He did full-time IT work over the last fifteen years or so of his career.

One of the benefits of doing a lot of remote training was traveling to many of the northeast states, Canada, and England for several weeks. Carolyn was in England some time with Tim, and they did a lot of exploring by train.

Family vacations around the US were a priority during Tim’s growing-up years. The focal point was to get back to the San Juan Mountains in southwest Colorado. This love to explore God’s creation and key historical sites in the US continued with Carolyn, the girls, and grandkids.

Photograph and video editing were areas of fun and focus. Tim did youth camp videos, funeral celebration videos, and around 25 wedding videos for friends and family.

Tim was a member of the Church of God (Seventh Day) in Tulsa for 40-plus years. He tried to serve and help in whatever role was put before him: teaching, youth work, technology (from website to video streaming), event photographer, treasurer, building construction, building cleaning, and the board of elders. The Church’s teachings, including the seventh-day Sabbath rest, were a great delight to him.

Tim is survived by his wife, Carolyn, and his daughter, Anna Lewis; his brother, Tod; six grandchildren (Lydia Tollette and husband Cody, Eion Rigney, Natalie Rigney, Colton Lewis, Seth Barthelme, and Faith Bartheleme); one great-grandson, Jason Tollette.

Tim was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Janie Hanson, and her husband, Matt.