1963 ~ 2014
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
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.