Jack was born Carl John Janson, the oldest child of Carl and Margaret Janson of Elmont, NY. His younger siblings, Peggy and Jerry, were born soon after. He attended Port Jefferson High School, where he played football and was part of the weight-lifting club, graduating in 1959. During his upbringing, he was a member of the Boy Scouts of America. He spent his summers on the beach with his family and friends, boating and waterskiing. He enjoyed countless hours with his father learning carpentry. After high school, Jack went on to New York State Forest Ranger School where he learned surveying and graduated in 1961.
At age 22, he met Pamela, and they were married soon after. They have four children. One of his greatest joys was spending time with his wife and children, and later, his grand and great grandchildren, making sure they knew how much they were loved.
Jack spent the majority of his career in construction. At different times, he was the chief of survey for a large home-building company, owned his own remodeling companies, and was a foreman/superintendent for a major commercial developer. He loved finish carpentry.
In his free time, he coordinated the building of two churches and two Christian schools in the U.S. He was also instrumental in the planning and building of the Pune Center, which houses an internationally accredited college of theology, The Girls’ Home, and Heart and Hands International School for grades K-12 in Pune, India. Most important to him were the people that would be ministered to in those buildings that he built.
Over the years, Jack has had extensive ministry on church boards, serving as the assistant pastor of Lima Baptist Church and ministering, teaching, and equipping wherever the Lord led him. Another one of his greatest joys was the opportunity he had to teach pastors in India on the topic of expository preaching in small group settings. His deepest and most significant friendships were with the men that he served with in the various churches that he and Pamela attended. He lived a full and blessed life.
Jack is survived by his wife of 57 years, Pamela (née Grossman); his 2 sons Christopher (Penny) Janson and Peter (Lisa) Janson; his 2 daughters Miriam (Anthony) Bianchini and Ruth (Michael) Haidvogel; his grandchildren Andrew (Brooke) Janson, Elise and Helene Janson, Benjamin and Leslie Haidvogel, and Kai Bianchini; his great grandson Scout Janson; his sister Margaret “Peggy” Meyers (née Janson); his brother Jerome (Lois) Janson; and his sister-in-law Barbara (Theodore) Weitz.
There is a memorial service scheduled for Saturday, January 14, 2022, at 11am, at Koinonia Fellowship, 500 Main Street East Rochester, NY 14445. In LIEU OF FLOWERS AND TREES, PAMELA WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO , PLEASE feel free to make a donation to India Connection Ministries at the following link: