Jan was born on May 17, 1944 in Long Beach, California and grew up in Palos Verdes Estates. She attended college at Oregon State University where she obtained her teaching credential. She began her teaching career in Huntington Beach, California. From there she went to Hawaii and worked with the Head Start Program. In 1969 she joined DoDDS and traveled the world while teaching. She began at Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa. The next stop was Germany, where she spent the remainder of her working years. During this time she obtained her Master’s Degree and moved from the classroom to administration. Jan ended her career as an assistant principal at Wurzburg Elementary School. She retired in 1999 and moved back to be with her family in southern California.
Jan loved traveling. She figured she had been to over 130 cities in more than 30 countries. She enjoyed traveling with her friends and family. Since retiring she visited South America, cruised Tahiti and Alaska, and all over the United States. Other activities included being on the board of the PVP American Association of University Women (AAUW) and being active in the Peninsula Seniors, where she especially enjoyed the exercise classes.
Jan loved attending DoDDS reunions all over the United States. She treasured visiting with her second family, all her friends she worked with over the years. The last reunion she attended was in Las Vegas in July 2009.