After the passing of “Mama Duck” Naomi Pasemann, the residents of Taylor are now mourning the loss of another noble citizen, Calvin Janak.
Janak passed away Sunday, Jan. 5. He was born and lived in Granger, where he married Lillie Mae Kovar in 1950.
Janak served on the Taylor City Council for 16 years (1966-1978, 1999-2002), was elected mayor and served twice as interim city manager. One of Janak’s focuses was to raise the salary for the Taylor police and firefighters.
Janak also served as general superintendent for all 30 years of the Taylor Livestock Show, and he headed the buyers committee to purchase livestock show winners.
Janak and his wife owned Wilcox-Elliot Grain in Taylor for a career of more than 30 years in the grain business. He served as a state director of Texas Feed and Grain and was an organizer for the annual Stiles Farm Field Day.
Janak was named Citizen of the Year. His community service accolades included being a board member of the Williamson County Child Welfare, director of the Brushy Creek Watershed, board member of the John's Community Hospital and a member of the Kiwanis Club.
He was honored for his contributions to Taylor's Education Enrichment in 1985 and was a member of Taylor's Junior Chamber of Commerce and the annual Taylor Rodeo trail ride committee.
Janak also initiated the St. Mary's Catholic School Trust Fund and was its chairman. For 25 years he was sexton of the church's cemetery. Calvin supervised the renovation of the St. Mary's School original red brick building and initiated the effort to renovate the school's Early Learning Center building.
Visitation will be held Thursday, Jan. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Providence Funeral Home, with rosary recited at 7 p.m.
A celebration of life mass will be held Friday, Jan. 10, at 2 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.