Mark C. Johnston, 65, of Palermo, passed away peacefully on 9/12/2017. Born in Orange, N.J., he moved to Cape May County after being raised in Montclair. Mark graduated from Paterson State College and later earned graduate degrees from Rutgers, USC, and Honolulu University, eventually going on to earn his PhD.
Mark proudly served as a Special Agent with the FBI and later as the FBI’s Program Manager for their Employee Assistance Program.
Concurrently, Mark coached his children’s basketball teams, was active in their 4-H activities, served with the Concerns of Police Survivors, a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, a volunteer with the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, helped to found the local Beach Plum Association, and became a counselor for Trinity Hospice’s Camp Lost & Found. It was for the latter, which he received the 1st Annual Judge William Webster Humanitarian Award.
He loved family and close friend get-togethers, motorcycle touring, train travel, basketball, boxing, playing Santa, swimming, gardening, strumming his baritone ukulele, old movies/radio shows, carpentry, reading, writing, and hanging out with his best pal Z.
While battling cancer, Mark authored and published: FBI & an Ordinary Guy, The Private Price of Public Service, [©] 2015), his memoir.
Since his retirement from the FBI, Mark served as the Program Manager for Police In-Service Training at the Atlantic County Police Academy. He continued working while battling a rare type cancer, often seen with 9/11 World Trade Center First Responders, of which Mark was one. Additionally, Mark assisted during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the TWA 800 Disaster, and Hurricane Sandy.
Mark C. Johnston is survived by his wife Patricia and two daughters Brianna Jean and Amber Patricia. He is predeceased by his Father Robert F. Johnston, II, Mother Helen (Hudson) Johnston and his brother Brian Matthew Johnston. He is survived by his brothers: Kevin, Robert and Michael; and his sisters Leah Rowbotham and Regina, as well as many wonderful relatives, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Friends may call Friday evening from five until seven o’clock from The Godfrey Funeral Home of Palermo, 644 South Shore Road, Palermo, NJ.
A Mass of Resurrection will be offered Saturday morning at 10:30 am from The Church of the Resurrection of St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, 200 West Tuckahoe Road, Marmora, NJ where friends may call from 9:30 am until the time of mass.
The family requests no flowers. Donations to Gilda's Club of South Jersey, 700 new Road, Linwood, NJ 08221 or St. Vincent De Paul Society at St. Max Kolbe, 200 West Tuckahoe Road, Marmora, NJ 08223.
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