Harvey Byron Jansen

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Jansen, Harvey Byron
76, entered into rest on July 5, 2014, after a long and courageous battle with cancer, at his Mesa home in the presence of family. Born on December 19, 1937, in San Antonio, Texas to parents Charles and Della Mae (Anderson) Jansen, Harv grew up on dairy farms in the Texas Hill Country and graduated valedictorian of his senior class from San Antonio's North East High School in 1955. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 1961, Harv moved to West Palm Beach, Florida, where he worked as a propulsion engineer for Pratt and Whitney on the SR-71 Blackbird engine and RL-10 cryogenic rocket engine programs. Shortly thereafter, he met and married Annette Louise Groh, and they remained happily married for 52 years, until his passing. In 1966, Harv and his family moved from Florida to Phoenix, Arizona area to take a job with AiResearch Manufacturing Company of Arizona (which later became Garrett AiResearch). During his 13-year stint with the company, he received numerous patent awards for his work as an aircraft engine pneumatic and fuel controls engineer. While working full-time, Harv studied and eventually received a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University in 1974. In 1978, Harv and other business partners founded Phoenix Controls, Inc., an aerospace engineering and manufacturing company. Harv served in the position of Chief Engineer for the company and continued to design innovative solutions for aircraft applications. His product designs are used on numerous applications including B-1B Bomber, the AH-64 Apache Helicopter, and V-22 Osprey Tiltrotor aircraft. The crowning achievement of Harv's career as an engineer, technologist, and businessman was the opening and operation of his company, Jansen's Aircraft Systems Controls (JASC) in 1990. Under Harv's leadership, JASC has become an aerospace industry leader in servo valves and actuators for turbine engines, scramjet engines, flight controls, and combustion systems. His control valve designs and patents represent some of the most advanced technology in the world. JASC has developed products and systems for industrial power generation engines; commercial aircraft such as the Airbus A320, Airbus A380 jumbo jet, and Embraer 170/190; experimental aircraft such as the NASA X-43A Hyper-X and U.S. Air Force X-51A Waverider hypersonic research vehicles; and commercial spacecraft including the Falcon 9 rocket for SpaceX Dragon capsule. During its 24 years in business, JASC continues to grow and prosper, and now employs over 60 people. Harvey is survived by his wife Annette; sons Jeff (Sandi), Craig, and Steve; grandson Corbin; granddaughter Rebecca; and great-granddaughter Vera West-Jansen. "A Celebration of Life" reception will be held on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 1 pm at Las Sendas Golf Club at 7555 E. Eagle Crest Dr., Mesa, AZ. In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations may be made to , www.hov.org.


Published in The Arizona Republic on July 20, 2014
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