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Michael Wayne Johnston
September 8, 1953 ~ November 15, 2023 (age 70) 70 Years Old
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Michael Wayne Johnston, a man renowned for his generosity, handiness, and loving nature, departed this world on November 15, 2023, at the age of 70, in his hometown of Lakeland, Florida. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend whose vibrant spirit and artistic talent left an indelible mark on the hearts of all who knew him.
Born on September 8, 1953, in Lakeland, Michael's life was a testament to his passion for art and his ability to master any skill he set his mind to. A proud graduate of Kathleen High School's class of 1971, he carried the spirit of his youth throughout his life, never losing his zest for adventure and creativity.
Michael's professional journey as an airbrush artist was more than a career—it was a calling. Known affectionately as Madd Mike, his remarkable talent allowed him to transform ordinary objects into extraordinary works of art, earning him recognition and admiration within the community. His involvement in various fleamarkets not only showcased his artistic abilities but also his desire to connect with others and share his passion.
Married to his devoted wife, Karen Johnston, for 49 years, Michael's life was a beautiful partnership filled with love and mutual respect. Together, they raised three wonderful children: Jessica Bixler (Matthew), Christy Baker, and Jamie Jones (David). His role as a father was one he cherished deeply, always eager to pass on his knowledge and love for life's simple pleasures.
Michael's siblings, Rebecca Bryant and the late John "Casey" Johnston and Kelly Johnston, whom he lost in infancy, shared in the tapestry of his life's story, each one an integral thread in the close-knit family fabric. His love extended to his grandchildren—Logan Baker, Cody Baker, Ian Jones, Casey Jones, and Kylo Johnston—who were the apples of his eye and a source of immense joy and pride.
His love for motorcycles was more than a hobby; it was a reflection of his free spirit and his appreciation for the open road. Michael's "Jack of all trades" moniker was well-earned, as there was hardly a task he couldn't tackle or a fix he couldn't finagle.
Cocoa Beach held a special place in Michael's heart, as it was there that he indulged in his love for surfing, riding the waves with the same grace and ease with which he navigated life's challenges. His friends and family will fondly remember his stories of the sea and the shared moments basking in the sun's warmth.
Michael's legacy is one of love, artistry, and the pursuit of happiness. His generous spirit was evident not only in his willingness to lend a hand but also in his constant encouragement and support of those around him. He was the embodiment of a loving soul, always ready with a smile, a kind word, or a helping hand.
As we say goodbye to Michael Wayne Johnston, we celebrate a life lived to the fullest, a journey marked by laughter, love, and an unwavering dedication to family and friends. His memory will continue to inspire and bring comfort to all who were fortunate enough to have known him.
Michael's life will be honored and remembered. He may have left this earthly realm, but his influence and the memories he created will forever remain in the hearts of those he touched.