My Janis died Thursday, September 10, 2020 at the age
of 90. She left behind her husband Basil-Jack
Freebern Gavin and three children: Pete, Deleine and
Michael-Jeffrey. We have one grandchild, Sofie
Janis was always enthusiastic about her whereabouts,
her gardening and attending with a warm
heart the family chores that came about. We were
married for 67 years and raised our children in Berkeley
California. In 1985 we retired to Albion, California
on a piece of land we had purchased in 1965.
We met at Hobart and William Smith College in the
year 1951 when we stayed on at the campus that
summer. I invited Janis to come west when at a US
Navy school, Treasure Island, SF. Well sure enough,
she came, and so we took a ski trip up near Reno
and married right there in Nevada at the Carson City
Town Hall, then a quiet city. Yes, we lost funds in
Reno, and so our friend Walt had extra money for us.
We were young; we left our family homes back east
and no doubt caused earnest wonderment for our
More than a half century later Janis passed away
peacefully with her family at hand. She will be sorely
Published in The Mendocino Beacon on Sep. 24, 2020.