04/01/1938 - 04/30/2014
JANIE ANN LARKIN JOHNSON died peacefully at her home on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer surrounded by her family.
Janie was born April 1, 1938, in McMinnville, Oregon, to Charles (“Buz”) Larkin and Margaret Larkin. When she was young, the family relocated to Klamath Falls, Oregon, where Janie attended school, graduating from Klamath Union High School in 1956. She then attended the University of Oregon earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1960. She then began her teaching career at Willamette High School.
On August 24, 1961, she married Darryl Everett Johnson. They remained in Eugene while she taught and Darryl completed law school at the University of Oregon.
In 1965, they moved to Roseburg, Oregon, where Darryl began his law practice. Janie was a stay-at-home mother raising Brett, Andrew and Jay. She was constantly on the go between the boys’ school, athletic events, cub scouts, PTA and many other activities. In 1985, Janie returned to work at Fremont Junior High School. After two years teaching seventh grade language arts, she moved to the Counseling Center where she remained for sixteen years. Janie could never say no when asked to help out, so she stayed to help transition Fremont Junior High School to Fremont Middle School.
In 2003, Janie retired from the school district and that is when she really got busy. She volunteered at countless organizations in Douglas County, including CASA, the Family Development Center, the FISH Food Pantry and PEO, to name a few. Every Friday during the school year she would buy groceries and go to Fremont Middle School where she would cook with the kids in the Alternative Education Program so they had a meal to take home. She continued to substitute for Lisa Hall at Fremont Middle School. She took on a three month substitute position as a Counselor at Roseburg High School.
Janie’s true commitment was to help children. In 2010, she was one of five women in the state of Oregon to be awarded the White Rose Award for volunteer service. In 2011, she was selected Douglas County’s Female First Citizen of the Year.
Janie was preceded in death by her husband of 34 years, Darryl in 1996. She is survived by her three sons and their families, Brett and his wife Marijean, along with their children Ashley, Hunter and Grant; Andrew and his wife Adrianne and their son Alex; and Jay and his wife, Jill.
Keeping to her true commitment to her community and its children that she cared so very much for, she asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the following organizations: The Family Development Center, CASA of Douglas County, the FISH Food Pantry, and PEO.
There will be a Celebration of her life on Saturday, May 10, 2014, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Roseburg Country Club. H’orderves, beer and wine will be provided. Janie was a passionate Duck Fan for forty-four years, so please come dressed in Duck garb in honor of her. This will be a time for those that knew her to socialize and share stories about her. Non-perishable food donations for the FISH Food Pantry will be accepted at that time.