Janet Canyon
1963 ~ 2014

Janet Canyon, Navajo clan is Ta’chii’nii (Red Running in Water) and born for Kinyaa’a’anii (Towering House). Janet was born August 9, 1963 in Monument Valley Utah and died June 22, 2014, peacefully at her Lehi home surrounded by her loving family. Janet is the oldest daughter of Tom and Lucy Canyon of Lehi, Utah. She was the first grandchild of her paternal grandparents Jean & Elwood Canyon of Cameron, AZ, and her maternal grandparents include David & Bessie Doctor of Kayenta, AZ. Surviving siblings are Pete Canyon of Lehi, Utah;Adaline(Todd) Austin of Rochester, TX; Gwen(Wade) Alldredge of Kirtland, NM; and Sheila Canyon of Lehi, UT; Her nieces are Tori (Eric) Ward of Farmington, NM; Hayden Alldredge of Kirtland, NM; and Tianna Canyon of Lehi, UT.

Janet graduated from Lehi High School then was accepted into Brigham Young University and then transferred to Ricks College and then went back to Brigham Young University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree. Janet also attended the University of Utah where she received her Master degree in Social Work.

Janet was a private person who made a great impact on the lives of American Indian students by facilitating their success in high school and advancement to college. She worked for the Salt Lake City School District as a Director for the Indian Education Curriculum Coordinator. She served on the Board of Directors for the Indian Urban Walk-in Center in Salt Lake City and CMAC spokesperson for the Native American for the Utah State Office of Education.

Janet’s lifetime of humanitarian service was recognized by many awards including the Community Involvement Award; Title 7 Youth Award; Humanitarian Award; Indian Education Community Award; Utah Counselors Association Human Rights Award; and she was also the first Native American female to receive the Martin Luther King prestigious award.

Janet loved spending time with family, camping outdoors, taking vacations, and attending professional conferences. Her favorite places to visit include Alaska, British Columbia, Hawaii to Portland Seattle Washington, South Dakota, California, Idaho, Wyoming Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Wisconsin, and Oklahoma. Her nieces nicknamed her the "Jet setting Nan". And one of her most memorable and favorite trips was to Alaska with her family and closes friends.

Janet loved buying and making jewelry, scrap booking, and going to the Movies. She also enjoyed dinner at Maddox, Sizzlers, Red Lobster, and going to concerts and attending Utah Jazz Games with her close friend Joyce Guenon. She also loved to watch her nieces participate in all their sports and accomplishments.

Janet exemplified her Navajo teachings and traditions by "Walking in Beauty" or abstaining from the vices of modern society. She was also a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and will be deeply missed by family and friends "Hozho’ Nahasdlii’ -Janet may you always "Walk in Beauty".

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the Intermountain Hospice Care Nurses Maria & Cindy and other family members and friends for their continued support and prayers.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 10:30 am at the Blanding City Cemetery in Blanding, Utah. Family and friends may call on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Franklin 2nd LDS Ward Building, 835 South 500 West, Provo, and again on Thursday, June 26 from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the ward building.

 

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