1929 - 2014
Philip Albert Janz died peacefully on, August 5th of acute respiratory failure. He was born, January 31, 1929 in Grants Pass, OR to Saul and Thelma Janz. He spent his teen years attending school in Salem where his parents ran Wills Music store. His life could be described as a long and varied journey. In 1950, after marrying his college sweetheart, Rosemary Ward and graduating from Oregon College of Education, he worked five years as a junior high school teacher and principal in Ocean Lake, OR. In 1955, he and his family moved to Eugene where he worked in the Bethel School District for 32 years. He served as a teacher at Cascade Junior High School and after obtaining an MS degree in education administration from the UofO, he served as the principal at Cascade. His experiences as a National and Oregon award winning competitive badminton player motivated him to teach badminton to his junior high students and mentor them to compete, which resulted in many of them becoming state and national champions as well. His concern that young people should experience and value the outdoors also motivated him to develop an Outdoor Education program in the Bethel School District. Prior to his retirement in 1987, he served 7 years as principal of Clear Lake Elementary School.
Through the years, his passion for hiking and climbing led him to reach the summit of most of the mountains in Oregon, Washington and several in California. When their youngest child was six, he and his wife led the family on an extended hike on the Oregon Pacific Crest Trail. When the children were 9, 11, & 13, they guided them on a 32 day, 225 mile back pack hike that began in the lower Yosemite Valley and lead up to the summit of Mount Whitney. Through the years, Phil planned many other wilderness adventures and lead numerous groups of friends, enabling them to explore the wilderness in many challenging and enjoyable ways. Those trips were on back country trails, rivers and lakes, located in places like, Oregon, Alaska, Montana, Colorado and Utah. Every Spring for 39 years, he led various groups of friends on paddling trips down the Deschutes River.
Some of the organizations he has been actively involved in were: The Eugene Jr. Badminton Club, The Oregon Forest Homeowner Association, the National Forest Homeowners Association, The Upper Rogue River Cabin owner Association, The PC Jr. Computer Club and The League of Women Voters. Phil's leadership abilities frequently resulted in him being elected as president, being newsletter editor and/or conducting workshops or presentations at conventions. He is survived by his wife, Rosemary and daughters, Chris and Casey Janz and son, Kurt Janz, six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Although family and friends will miss his warm and witty manner, their memories of him will live on.
A notification of a date and location for the celebration of Phil's life will be given at a later time. In lieu of flowers, contributions in honor of his memory can be sent to the Bethel Education Foundation. Please view the obituary at www.musgroves.com where you are invited to sign the guest book.
Published in Eugene Register-Guard on Aug. 24, 2014