Guest Book for
David Johnston
 
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  January 19, 2004
David was a joy in every sense and I am so happy to have known him and experienced his sense of goodwill and acceptance of what life had to offer. I will never forget him and I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to all of his family who loved him so well.
  Pam Wisley (Williams) (Tulsa, OK )
pam5131@cox.net 

  January 18, 2004
IT FELT LIKE DAVE WAS AN OLD FRIEND FROM THE DAY WE MET. I'LL ALWAYS CHERISH THE CARE FREE HIGH SCHOOL DAYS WE ENJOYED. I'LL NEVER FORGET THE ANGUISH OF THE ACCIDENT AND ITS RESULT. 
THE GOODBYES WILL FADE, THE FLOWERS WILL WILT; BUT DAVE'S BIG HEART AND CHEERFUL SMILE WILL BE A PART OF US FOREVER.
  ARTHUR CAMPBELL (TULSA, OK )
acsoupson@yahoo.com 

  January 18, 2004
Dear friends and loved ones of Dave: 

Many of you knew Dave in high school or college. I am Dave's little brother. I was between the ages of 2 and 4 when he was in high school, so I have never met many of you. I just wanted to let everyone who reads this guest book know that I have set up a web page to remember Dave's passing, and to help those of us who were close to him grieve in the coming months and years. The URL is: 
www.msu.edu/~hulenpet/dave 
Pl ease visit the site, think of Dave; and if you have any suggestions, please feel free to contact me.

  Peter Hulen (Lansing, MI )
hulenpet@msu.edu 

  January 15, 2004
I, too, couldn't believe it when I read the e-mail about Dave's death. He was such a sweet, fun-loving, always smiling guy. What very fond memories I have of our Central Days. I was always so impressed with how Dave handled the effects of his accident our Senior year. He persevered and kept smiling. Another fond memory is dancing with Dave at one of the reunions. How I wish I could dance with him again. But, alas, now he's dancing... with no wheelchair. God bless his family.
  Montie Smith Acuff (Savannah, GA )
mont786@aol.com 

  January 15, 2004
Dave was a very dear brother to me. I've been having a very difficult time dealing with his passing. This morning I woke with a poem starting in my mind. This is what I came up with in the end: 

He is the light. 
The sun behind the clouds casting light into the shadows, 
The smile on a childs face, 
The laughter that comes with tears. 

He is the light, 
The glow of a candle flickering in the darkness, 
The warmth of a heartfelt hug, 
The memory that brings a smile to your face. 

He is the light. 
The bouncing soul 
That will forever warm hearts. 
The dharma child, 
Our Dave. 
 

Though hes gone now, hes still really with us. 
I feel a warmth on my shoulders 
Like hes sitting there, watching, 
Smiling that famous smile. 

There are so many things I wish Id said, 
So many trips I wish Id made, 
But I believe he knew 
What a precious creature he was. 

Those who are gone are still really with us, 
Within the calm that is our selves 
They wait for us to find them. 
They give us the strength 
They didnt have, 
To go on without them. 
~

  Meredith Thompson (Johnston) (Seattle, WA )
phantasm60@yahoo.com 

  January 15, 2004
Thanks to all of you who remember Dave and have offered such kind words. I'm very touched that so many of his old friends and classmates have responded. I'll miss my sweet brother so much, and it's heartening to know that others loved him too.
  Vicki (Johnston) VanStavern (Edmond, OK )
vvs@vanstavern.com 

  January 13, 2004
After returning from the very moving and warm services for Dave, I opened my little book of Chinese wisdom to the page that read, "He who does not lose command of himself lives on, he is not effaced by death but has eternal life." -Lao Tse. If this is true of anyone, it is true of Dave. He and I were were chemistry lab partners at Central High. In my yearbook he wrote that if it were not for me "I'd be a bunch of little greasy spots all over the ceiling of the lab." I think this is typical of his humor and generosity. I have thought of him often over the years and wish I had known and taken advantage of his renowned abilities as a meditation teacher. I will never forget him and will do my best to honor him by trying to learn some of what he knew.
  Diana Hiskett Frost (Norman, OK )

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If you would like to add an entry to this guestbook at any time, please send an e-mail to Peter Hulen at:

hulenpet@msu.edu