Jon Thomas January
Jon Thomas January
  • May 31, 1937 - February 13, 2017
  • Delano, California

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Jon T. January "{Jonny}" passed away unexpectedly on February 13, 2017 in Delano, California at the age of 79.
Jon is survived by his three children LaJon Francoise Janvier of CA, Dr. Porcha January Williams of FL, and Kwame Jay January of CA. He is preceded in death by his father James Leon January (CA), mother Ethel Portia Craig (CA), sister Janice Marlene Jacob (CA), and two brothers James Craig January (CA) and Leon January (CA).

Jon was born on May 31, 1937 in Berkeley, CA. to E. Portia and James January. He graduated from Los Angeles City High School in 1957 and served in the US Marine Corps from 1957 to 1962. He, unmarried resided in Southern California and worked in Sales and Hospitality. Over a period of 20 years, Jon fathered three children; all sharing inspiring, and motivating life shaping experiences with him. His children remember him as an artistic, health conscious, analytical, and compassionate father who encouraged them to pursue their goals.

Jon was accomplished at painting and shared a love for Jazz music. He was a sports fanatic and devoted Los Angeles Lakers fan. One of the most profound moments Jon witnessed was the electing of the first African American president of the United States, he was passionate and often expressive about political world changing affairs. He was a dedicated contributor to disabled veterans and after retirement, volunteered within his living community and at the community centers to empower the youth.

A memorial service is scheduled for 4:00 pm on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Gates, Kingsley Gates Praiswater Mortuary- 6909 Canoga Ave., Canoga Park, CA 91303. Pastor Ivan S. Pitts, Senior Pastor of Second Baptist Church, Santa Ana, CA will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Jon's life. The children would like to thank family, friends, and planning staff for their love, support, and extreme dedication.