ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Ian Johnston, 12, of Anchorage, passed away April 1, 2014.
He was born with 22Q Deletion Syndrome. As a result, he had heart problems that contributed to his passing. Ian had a faith in God and attended Change Point Christian Center and St. John United Methodist Church.
Ian was born in Philadelphia on July 30, 2001, to Sean and Laura Johnston. His father Sean was born and raised in Kingsford. Ian attended Kincaid Elementary School.
Ian enjoyed watching and playing every sport. He loved The University of Michigan Wolverines. He spent hours watching football and basketball, always pre-calling the shots. During football season, Ian spent Saturday mornings cheering on the Wolverines at the Peanut Farm with family and friends.
Ian loved to travel. He had recently spent time in Mexico, Hawaii, Fiji, and he was able to achieve a life-long dream of attending the Big Ten Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis, Ind. with his mother, her companion, and Luke, his brother.
Ian loved to play baseball, soccer, flag football, and basketball. It was his goal to be a professional sports player. Ian also took on playing the saxophone in band this year. He was practicing the Michigan fight song to play at the Peanut Farm during the 2014-2015 football season.
Ian loved all animals. He had four cats, a dog named Oreo, and a three-foot iguana he named Sunshine. He loved to see animals in the zoo or the back yard. He loved to chase birds. He was afraid of sharks. Ian loved to be outdoors. He always wanted to bike to dinner or the lake, or go to the park with neighborhood friends. He loved hiking with his Mom and fishing with his Dad. His favorite place to go was Whittier where he would catch shrimp and fish for salmon. On the boat in Whittier is where he wanted to spend his birthday every year.
Ian is survived by his mother, Laura Johnston and his father, Shawn Johnston; brother, Luke; stepmother, Rachael Johnston; stepsister, Zoie Gonzalez; his grandparents, Kurt and Susan Johnston; as well as numerous uncles, aunts, cousins and friends who loved him dearly. He will be terribly missed by his sixth grade class at Kincaid Elementary.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to victors.us/Saveaheart. The link is not available on mobile devices. Please note all letters are lower case except the S in "save." In the comments section, please note the donation is on Ian's behalf and include any warm regards you may have.
The Save a Heart program provides financial support and other important resources to patients and families receiving care in the Congenital Heart Center at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.
A celebration of life will be held at O'Malley's on the Green located at 3651 O'Malley Road in Anchorage on Sunday, April 6, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. To commemorate Ian, please wear a jersey from your favorite sports team.
Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel.