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Allan Hart Jahsmann


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November 3, 1916 - December 13, 2016 The Rev. Dr. Allan Hart Jahsmann of Westwood died on December 13 in Santa Monica. Born on November 3, 1916, he recently celebrated his 100th birthday. He is survived by his second wife, Lois Snyder, and was preceded in death by his first wife, Lois Herbert. He is also survived by his three daughters, Lucia, Hila and Alicia, his stepson, Kent, and two grandsons, Luke and Jake. A graduate of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis and numerous other universities, Jahsmann received a Ph.D. in education and psychology from St. Louis University and a diploma in religion and psychiatry from the Menninger School of Psychiatry. He served as a Senior Research Scholar at Oxford University. Jahsmann spent a summer hitch-hiking across the USA and studied with the poet, Robert Frost. Jahsmann spent much of his pastoral career in education, writing and editing books and articles for the Lutheran Church. His family devotion book, "Little Visits with God," has been translated into 19 languages and sold millions of copies worldwide. Among Christian educators, Jahsmann was known as "Mr. Sunday School," although he taught in a wide variety of settings with ages from preschool children to senior adults. He was also listed as one of the top Christian educators of the 20th Century by the Talbot School of Theology. At the time of his death, he was still teaching a weekly class at his home in Westwood. Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 16, at 10:00am at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 14th & Ocean Park Blvd. in Santa Monica. A reception will follow in the church hall. Memorial donations can be made to Mt. Olive at 1343 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 14, 2016
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