In Memory

John Preston

Date of Death 04/05/1967

Nov. 3, 2019, Johnny Mozicek submitted the following info about the death of John Preston III

Obituary: John B. Preston III (Corpus Christi Times, May 24, 1967)  VICTORIA. Funeral srvice will be at 5:30 p.m tomorrow, May 25, 1967 at McCabe-Carruth Funeral Chapel here for John B. Preston, III of Victoria, who was killed April 6, in a plan crash in Luang Prabang, Laos.  Buriel wll be in Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches, TX.


Victoria Advocate, May 7, 1967  LOCAL PILOT'S BODY FOUND IN WRECKAGE:  The body of Capt. John B. Preston III, 26, of Victoria, a pilot for Continentel Airlines for the past 18 months, has been found in the wreakage of a plan whih had been missing in Loas since April 6. The body was among those five Americans and two Laotians found in the wreckage which was finally located Wednesday near Luang Praba by a Royal Lao Army search party.

A brother, Thomas Kirk Preston of 1501 Loma Vista , said he was informed of the location of the bodies and ther wreakage Friday afternoon.  He said the plane crashed 16 miles from where it had taken off.

Preston's father, who went to Viet Nam in January to work for an electrical contracting firm as a general foreman, had joing in the search.  He is now joined by the pilot's wife, Nancy and two daughteres, Timmie, 4 and Stacey, 2 in Thailand where they had been residing.  

The four are expected to return to the states with the body.  Funeral arrangements have not been announced  The pilot's mother is with relatives in Kountze, TX.  Capt. Preston learned to fly after he joined an Aero Club while serving in the Air Force, his brother said.  He was stationied in San Antonio, Fort Worth and in North Dakota while in the Air Force.  He joined Continental in Fort Worth.  He was a graduate of Victoria High School and attended Victoria College one year before joining the Air Force. His parents have resided in Victoria ten years moving from Bloomington.

Other surviving in addition to his parents, his wife and two daughters are his paternal grandmother, mrs. John B Preston of Dallas, his materal grandmother, Mrs. Henry Walter Kirkpatrick of Evadale; a sister, Becky Oliver of Victoria and two other brothers, William Randall Preston of Utah and Stephen Porter Preston, who is stationed in Air Force in Memphis, Tennessee.


John B. Preston May 4, 1967 Victoria Advocate  Headline: For Pilot Killed in Laos

Funeral services for Capt. John B. Preston III of Victoria, commercial airline pilot killed, April 6, 1967 in a plan crah in Laos, will be held at 5:30 PM Thursday, at McCabe-Carruth Chapel.

President Elmo Coons of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Sainted and Elder Arnold Foster of Hallettville will officiate at the services.  Burial will be in Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches.

Preston, 25, graduated from Victoria High School and attended Victoria College before serving four years in the U.S. Air Force.  He joined Continental Air Service after his discharge and had been flying in Southeast Asita for about 18 months prior to this death.

His body was found in wreckage of a plane near Luang Prabang, Laos along with bodies of four other Americns and two Laotians.  The plan had been missing about a month before a search party located the wreckage.

Born October 9,, 1940, in Freer, TX, he lived with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John B. Preston, Jr, in Bloomington, before the family lmoved to Victoria.  He was activein Boy Scouts and the Civic Theatre.

Surving besides the parents are his wife, Mrs. Nancy Higgingbotham Preston of Victoria, two daughters, Kimberly and Stacy of Victoria; a sister, Sheila Rebecca Oliver of Victoria, and three brothers, Thomas Kirk Preston, Victoria; Williams R. Preston, Salt Lake City, Utah; and Stephen Preston, stationd with the Marine Corps in Memphis, Tennessee.


Entered by Joye Oliver Tripson : November 4, 2019