Janis June Crandall, 87, of Klamath, California passed away surrounded by the love of all who knew her on August 13, 2020 from a stroke following a fall in her home on August 8, 2020.
Janis was born on June 12, 1933, to Hugh and Maude Mears in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She was the youngest of their three children.
Living in Chico, California, Janis met her future husband of 56 years Robert Lee Crandall in high school. They were married shortly after graduation. During Robert’s term in the US Navy and later discharging to civilian life, Janis was home raising their three boys; Kimberly, Paul and Shawn.
After moving to Sacramento, California, Janis worked as a shipping clerk for PMT Trucking for many years where they raised their sons from grade school through high school.
Upon their retirement in the mid-eighties, Janis and Robert became snowbirds before making their home in Klamath at Chinook RV Resort where they both worked for many years. At Chinook, a job she so loved, she always took the time to share her wealth of knowledge about the area with tourists.
In 2004, Janis and Robert moved their Park Model RV home to Fortains Mobile Home Park in Klamath to happily live out the remainder of their lives.
Janis was preceded in death by her husband Robert, brother Larry, sister Lois and her eldest son Kimberly and his wife Sandra. She is survived by her sons Paul and his wife Susan, Shawn and former wife Roxane Elliot and their two daughters Melissa (Shannon) and Amanda (Jim), Kimberly and Sandra’s children Cory (Jessica) and Tara (Matt) and eight great grandchildren: Hailee, Danny, Kiara, Landen, Kaylen, Zack, Brian and Amberlin.
Janis, who survived Robert by 13 years, loved to keep busy. For nearly two decades she was the Klamath Chamber of Commerce Treasurer and was presented a Humanitarian Award for her outstanding and faithful service to the Klamath Community. Janis served as a volunteer Voting Poll Judge for the Klamath district, assisted with the Annual Salmon Festival by spearheading the Annual Veteran’s Breakfast, served as a member of the Senior Board of the Klamath Community Center, was a regular of the weekly Klamath Pinochle Group, a member of the Crescent City Women’s Club and she was an active member of the Pacific Light Church she so loved.
Janis loved her life in Klamath and the hundreds of people she forged lasting friendships with from its residents to the many people she met over the decades who frequented Klamath as tourists. She loved her little home at Fortains and her neighbors always looked after her. She loved them as much as they loved her.
Janis was the “Go-To Gal” of Klamath and was always tenacious, passionate and independent. She kept connected with the community and whether you were a local or tourist, if she didn’t have a ready answer for your question, she would get it for you. God blessed this beautiful woman with a long, active and happy life! We will miss you our little “Energizer Bunny”, but forever in our hearts you will always be!