John Sinclair Janda, age 70, passed away peacefully at Scott and White Palliative Care in Temple, TX, on Sunday, August 25, 2019, surrounded by many of his devoted family.
Mr. Janda was born September 3, 1948 in Inglewood, California, to Marion Frances Janda (Deweese, NE) and Julia Belfontaine Janda (Portland, ME) and spent his childhood in Hawthorne, California. John attended St. Joseph’s Grammar School and graduated from Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, California in 1966. He inherited a gift for music from his father and rose to ﬁrst chair in the trumpet section of the high school band.
Mr. Janda enlisted in the US Navy in 1967 and received a degree in radar/microwave technology which served him throughout his life for a successful career in the research and development of the innovative B2 Stealth technology. In later years his emphasis was on the F-35 Fuselage development.
On April 25, 1970 Mr. Janda married Kathleen Ellen Watson in Santa Rosa, California. They raised three children, Jason Sinclair, Deanna Marie and Alan David in Southern California. John retired from Northrup Grumman in 2004 and continued to work in his ﬁeld and adding his expertise beyond retirement. John and his wife, Kathy, retired to Salado, Texas in 2011 where he continued to enjoy his passion for gardening, coin collecting and his family especially enjoyed his skills in the kitchen. He excelled at spoiling his grand children including his newborn great-grand child, Nolan John.
Mr. Janda will be missed for his quick wit and humor and especially his devotion to his family. He is survived by his loving wife, Kathy, son Jason Janda (Alma Zavala), daughter Deanna Janda (Abel Ortiz), Alan Janda, brother David Janda, sister Christine Ammon, grandchildren, Andrew Fitzgerald, AnJané Janda, Brandon Fitzgerald, Kathleen Frey (Lucas Frey), Lauren Fitzgerald, Jayson Janda, Samantha Janda and great-grandson Nolan John Frey and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mr. Janda chose to make his resting place in Salado, and services will be held at Broecker Funeral Home, 949 W. Village Road, Salado TX, on Saturday, August 31, at 10 a.m. Mr. Janda will be honored with a Naval ﬂag folding ceremony during interment at Salado Cemetery.
In lieu of ﬂowers, the family is requesting acknowledgments to Prostate Cancer Research.
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