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JANET S. YOUNG Janet was born Janet Sue Frazier, in Los Angeles, CA on August 20, 1948, to parents Ira and Marjorie Frazier. She was a lifelong California girl. She died on July 7, 2012 after a hard-fought battle with ovarian cancer. Janet graduated from Whittier High School in 1966, where she was a song leader and sang in the choir. She went on to earn a BA degree in history from UCLA, and a MA degree from Chapman College in Education. She also attended Cal State University, San Bernardino to earn her Administrative Services credential. She moved to the high desert in 1970 and was hired to teach third grade at the old Victor School. She went on to teach grades 1 - 3 at Irwin and Park View Schools for 11 years. In 1981, she was promoted to principal at Desert Knolls School, where she served for 3 years, then as principal at Park View School for 3 years. The last 21 years of her 38 year career were spent as Assistant Superintendent, Personnel Services, where she hired hundreds of wonderful teachers to work with the students of Victor Elementary School District. Some of her other accomplishments included organizing negotiations with the unions in a principled fashion, and working to establish the Victor Elementary Education Foundation to raise funds for scholarships for VESD students. However, nothing in Janet's life was more important than being a wife to Bruce and a mother to her two fine sons, Jeffrey and Evan. She relished participating in their activities and celebrating their successes. She was a lifelong avid reader, a passionate UCLA fan, especially basketball, and loved traveling, gardening, quilting, and spending time with her family and friends. She contributed to this community by joining many organizations, such as Junior Women's Club, Children's Home Society, and Soroptimist of Apple Valley, and was a board member for the scholarship foundation. After her retirement in 2008, she worked part time for a national organization, coaching school administrators to focus their time on instructional processes. Janet was preceded in death by her parents, her older brother Jerry, and by many aunts and uncles. She is survived by her loving husband, Bruce, and her devoted sons Jeffrey Nale and Evan Young. Also surviving are her sister and brother-in-law Judith and Richard Madison of Beaumont; her sister-in-law Kathleen Frazier of Whittier; her nieces and their husbands Heather and Jose Perla of Alta Loma and their children Richard and Abigail, Joy and Michael Archibeque of San Diego, and Jill and Nick Sciulli of Rancho Cucamonga; and her nephews John Frazier of Long Beach and Jason Frazier of Whittier. Janet is also survived by her "Florida family": sister Judy Hays, niece Laurie Hunt and her children Morgan and Justin, nephew Dr. Russell and Karla Hays and children Russell, Emily, and Elsa and nephew David and Kristin Hays and their children Ethan, Gavin, and Madelyn. Also surviving are aunts Louella Norris of Illinois, Doris Frazier of Orange, and many cousins in Nebraska, Colorado, Oregon, and across the country. Services will be held at High Desert Church in Victorville on July 20th at 9:30 am. She will be buried at Fort Rosecrans cemetery in San Diego during August. To honor Janet's life, donations can be made to her favorite charities: the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Victor Elementary Education Foundation.
Published in the Daily Press on July 17, 2012
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