VAIL, Jan M. 73, of Concord, California, born in St. Petersburg, Florida April 13, 1946, passed away Saturday, November 16, 2019 after a long courageous battle with Multiple Myeloma. He was a graduate of Boca Ciega High School and Florida State University. While at FSU, he became a proud brother of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He worked in the hospitality industry in Lake Tahoe, NV, he was a restaurateur in Tulsa, OK, conducted investment banking in London, commercial real estate ventures in Vietnam and the Philippines, all the while managing to father a wonderful family. He is predeceased by his parents, Ralph and Jane Vail and his first wife, Eileen. He is survived by his wife, Susan of Concord, CA; son, Jonas of Berlin, Germany; daughter, Jordan of San Francisco, CA; sisters, Patricia Vail-Jones of St. Charles, MO and Sue Vail-Webb of Raleigh, NC; and brother, Kirk Vail of Gulfport, FL. There will be a celebration of Jan's life Saturday, December 7, at Caddy's on Sunset Beach, Treasure Island at 5 pm.
Missing this special guy and always a brother in the bond. Annual Phi Delta Theta reunion recently is always a tribute to Jan and his efforts to bring us together. Fond memories of Jan!
November 25, 2021
It's been so long since I last saw you but you are part of my fond memories of going to Vietnam for the first time. Thank you for all that you helped me with including the Perfect Tee. I'll remember how smart, kind, and friendly you were and I'm glad we crossed paths in Santa Barbara. I'm sorry I didn't know you were sick and I'm sorry I'm just now finding out of your passing. R.I.P kind dear friend.
October 8, 2020
Jan, I miss you, friend. Didn't know you @ Bogie. You were one of the popular kids. But cancer brot us together and that was a wonderful gift to me. What a sweet man you are. You faught the hard fight. You are missed. ❤
April 18, 2020
I just learned of Jan's passing. What a wonderful man. When I was writing my book, Communion, he arranged much of my trip to Vietnam. He was a superb host and guide, with an incredible zest for life. Criss-cross applesauce, my friend!
April 13, 2020
My wonderful big brother has gone home to heaven. I will miss you terribly, and I will love you forever. Thank you Lord for giving me 2 great brothers, Jan and Kirk and my sister, Patty, who was my first roommate. I will love them all forever. Suzy Vail Webb
Sue Vail Webb
December 8, 2019
Jan was one of the most caring people I have ever met in my life. Not only as a Phi Delt Brother, but for the many years after our outrageous college adventures. Even though he himself was suffering through that painful cancer, he would call me every week, without fail, as I was going through my cancer battle. Jan cared more for others than he did himself. Smart, funny, courageous, Jan was the whole package who adored his family and always cared for others no matter what struggles he was going through in his own life. I admired Jan, he was my friend and I shall never forget him. RIP my Brother.
December 4, 2019
Such a sweet, smart, handsome man -- like no other, ever. Al and I are truly blessed that we got to see him four times between August and November, twice with the wonderful Susan. The last time was Nov. 2, just two weeks before he died, yet he was the same Jan, telling about his 90-minute chat with Jimmy Gibson, his weekly chats with Diana Bruce, and showing us a video friends in the Panhandle sent him during their annual oyster fest. He loved a good steak! He loved his friends and family! He loved telling stories! We loved being with him and will miss him greatly.
Linda Guggino Humphers
December 4, 2019
Jan was one of the few truly genuine people that we knew. The world would be a much better place if we had more people like Jan. Our fondest memory, is flying paper planes with him and Kirk from the 19th floor balcony of a San Francisco hotel.
Mike and Debi Hugill
December 3, 2019
GOD BLESS THIS FALLEN ANGEL. A TRUE PHI WHO CHERISHED HIS LOVE FOR HIS BROTHERS AND HIS FAMILY.
December 2, 2019
A great brother and Phi! Always cheerful and willing to be of service to others. He valued his friends and got us together often. I will miss him and hope that we will continue to come together as brothers in the bond in his honor. YITB, Johnny Crowe
December 2, 2019
Condolences to Jan's family , and our prayers are with you as we all celebrate his life. Jan was a fraternity brother of mine at Florida State - much loved and respected. Dave Zimmerman