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Theodore Christ Janson

March 25, 1944 ~ November 15, 2018 (age 74)
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Theodore Christ Janson, born March 25, 1944 in Overland, MO to Theodore G. and Catherine B. Janson passed from this life on November 15, 2018, after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. He was so loved by his wife, best friend, and constant companion, Darlene, with whom he celebrated his 50th anniversary in July. Two daughters, Rebekah Harris and Elizabeth Baker, will miss their dad and his helping hands. He will be fondly remembered as "Gramps" by seven grandchildren: Alexis Harris, David, Amelia, Steven, Sarah, Damian, and Marianne Baker. He leaves behind one sister, Regina Lee, as well as several nieces and nephews. His son David Theodore welcomed him on the other side. His beloved foster son, Aaron Pickett, also preceded him in death. Ted survived five siblings: Marion Powell, Phillip Janson, Grace Barton, Geraldine Copeland, and Jerome Janson. Ted came to California with his family in 1959. He attended Highlands High School and graduated at the tender age of 17. He immediately left for Fort Leonard Wood, where he completed Basic Training for the California National Guard. Shortly thereafter, with special permission from Congress because of his age, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant, much to the pride of his parents. In 1965, he was called to active duty to assist in peacekeeping during the Watts Riots. In 1968, Ted transferred to the Army Reserve, where he served in an Armored Cavalry unit. After 27 years, he retired with the rank of Major. He was very proud of his military service. Ted completed the IBEW apprenticeship and worked as an electrician for 35 years, specializing in commercial and industrial projects, He installed the first solar project in Sacramento County on McClellan AFB and always loved to tell the story of how he talked his way into the job, even though he knew nothing about solar power. By the end of the job, he had become an expert. At the young age of 50, Ted learned to ride and show horses so that he could join his wife in her passion. He and his horse RJ enjoyed much success in Western Pleasure and Trail. As a man of great faith, Ted loved being the "go-to guy" at his spiritual home, St. Philip the Apostle Byzantine Catholic Church here in Sacramento. Nothing pleased him more than chairing fund-raisers, helping in maintenance projects, and being a reader during the Divine Liturgy. He was always ready and willing to help others, even giving the shoes off his feet to a homeless man that he saw walking bare foot on the street. He was a hard-working, caring and compassionate man of integrity. He wanted little for himself and generously gave his time, talent and money to others. He loved his family, especially his wife, unconditionally and without reserve. He will be missed until we all join him in heaven. Family and friends are invited to attend the funeral and burial, which will take place at Calvary Cemetery Chapel on Saturday, November 24, at 11:30am

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