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Janis Talbot Thatcher died peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, in Logan, Utah, due to complications from calciphylaxis. She was 75.

Janis was born on June 22, 1945, at the family farmhouse in Winder, Franklin County, Idaho, to Henry Leon (Lee) Talbot and Alice Naomi Seamons Talbot. She was the youngest of 12 children: Gwen (d), Leon (d), Dona, Keith (d), June (d), Eugene, Audrey (d), Kenneth (d), Gary (d), Neil, Dora.

Education shaped much of Janis’ life. Her first school was Winder Elem, then Preston Jr. High, and Preston High. Janis earned a BS in 1969 from Utah State University in Elementary Education with minors in English and Library Science. Janis continued to learn throughout her life and shared her love of knowledge with her family and others.

After graduation, Janis taught 3rd Grade in Pocatello for 5 years, 2 at Indian Hills Elem. and 3 at Tyhee Elem. It was during this time that she was set up on a blind date and met her future husband, Howard. They dated off and on for 2 years before deciding to tie the knot.

Janis married Howard Fuhriman Thatcher on October 4, 1974, in the Logan Temple. Howard and Janis made a home in Logan and raised four daughters. Howard and Jan were married for 45 years.

After her children were in school, Janis went back to teaching in 1988, became the Library Media Teacher at Ellis Elem. in 1989, and later at Hillcrest Elem. as well. Jan loved teaching children and encouraging them to love books. She also had the pleasure to teach two of her own children and most of her grandchildren at Ellis over the 19 years she worked there. Janis retired in 2009, but continued helping with her grandkids' education at home.

Janis was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in many callings over the years and had a deep love of the Gospel. Her faith sustained her through many illnesses and troubled times.

Janis loved spending time with her family. She and Howard would pack up their kids and go for long drives on weekends, and had adventures during the summer traveling around Utah, visiting family in other parts of the country, or simply enjoying the beauty of Cache Valley. Jan also loved music and had a wonderful singing voice. She fondly remembered playing her guitar and singing with her students in Pocatello and at many family gatherings. Jan was an avid reader and often bonded with her grandkids while reading books to them. She also loved her “silly pets,” especially her kitties. She had so many talents and gifts, and gave her love so freely. We will miss her so much!

Janis is survived by her husband Howard, daughters: Amy (Russell) Ogilvie, Nancy, Joanna, Melinda (Jeff) Lofland, and 7 grandchildren: Morgan, Britton, Paige, Darien, Liam, Naomi, & Atticus. She loved caring for many other people’s children, being a “bonus” mother and grandmother for them. Janis wanted us to thank Dr. Nash, Kim, and her other helpers for the last 20 years of care. She was also grateful to the angels at Intermountain Dialysis Center.

Funeral services will be held at noon, Saturday, April 10, 2021, at the Lundstrom Park 1st Ward, 1260 N. 1600 East in Logan, UT, and via Zoom. Viewings will be held on Friday, April 9, 2021, from 6-8 p.m. at White Pine Funeral Services, 753 S. 100 East in Logan, and from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on the day of the funeral at the ward. Please respect mask and social distancing protocols. Interment will be in the Logan Cemetery. Memories may be shared with the family at www.whitepinefunerals.com.

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