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California Pipeline Contractor Floyd Johnston, 72, Killed in Plane Crash

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James F. "Floyd" Johnston, 72, founder-owner of Floyd Johnston Construction Co., a Clovis, Calif., pipeline contractor, died in a Jan. 6 plane crash near Porterville, Calif. He was flying a single-engine Beechcraft on a private outing.

An online obituary said the plane broke up in flight. An employee, Jacob Curiel, age 28, was also killed.

According to a preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board, the debris path was more than a half-mile long, with "the cabin separated into several sections that were scattered throughout the center" of the field.

Johnston and his wife and bookkeeper, Evelyn M. Quaresma, founded the family-owned firm in 1969. It specializes in cast-in-place underground concrete pipelines for water and wastewater municipal clients in northern California. Daughter-in-law Karen Johnston became controller in 1988.

The union firm completed a $17-million outfall system in Tracy, Calif. in 2004 and was recently awarded a $5.4-million water transmission line in Fresno, according to a local report. It has $17 million to $23 million in annual revenue and about 80 employees. The firm will continue, officials say.


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