After a lengthy battle with emphysema/COPD and afib, Carl Dillard Janney died Sept. 23 at home. He was 82. His friends provided the following.
Carl was born at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, on Dec. 19, 1937, into a military family. As a young man he found his passion for fishing (and women), and being from southern Texas he honed his skills for both passions at the Gulf Coast. He graduated from San Antonio High School and went into the Navy. He was stationed all over the Pacific. During his service he was part of the nuclear experiments that exposed many sailors to radiation.
After six years of service Carl was honorably discharged and in 1961 he moved back to Texas, where he worked in motorcycle and insurance sales, and with his deep baritone voice also as a radio announcer.
In 1966 he married Linda. Carl and Linda had a passion for motorcycle racing, backpacking and fly-fishing. They also enjoyed dancing at the Western clubs that they found on their adventures. That’s how he found Jackson Hole, and in the early 1970s he moved to Jackson. With his love for fly-fishing he found work at Jack Dennis Sports. Later he worked at Snow King and then Teton Pines, earning employee of the year in 1998.
In 2005 he retired, giving him more time for his stamp and coin collecting, sort of. He still worked checking IDs at the Cowboy Bar, working at the Log Cabin, Ace Hardware and for Wyoming Game and Fish, checking watercraft for invasive species. He also enjoyed the lunch and socializing at the Senior Center of Jackson Hole.
If there was a band playing you were sure to see Carl dancing in his signature beaverskin hat. If the waters were running clear you would find him out fly-fishing.
Carl was preceded in death by his father Carl Edward, mother Lucille, brother Stanley and brother Melvin. He is survived by his many friends in Jackson Hole.
In lieu of flowers or donations please go out backpacking, learn to fly-fish and, above all, take a loved one out dancing.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions a celebration of life will be postponed until spring.