Jan. 4, 1941 — Feb. 10, 2018
Janice Kay Martin, 77, of Cannon Beach, Oregon, and Indian Wells, California, passed away Feb. 10, 2018, after a year-and-a-half battle with cancer.
Born Jan. 4, 1941, in Bismarck, North Dakota, Janice Kay Schlabach was raised on a farm in Driscoll, North Dakota, where she lived with her parents, a brother and four older sisters. Jan graduated from Driscoll High School, and then attended Bismarck Junior College.
In 1960, Jan moved west to The Dalles, Oregon, to begin a new life adventure and be near her sister, Lois, and family. There she met Steve Martin, and they were married Sept. 4, 1967. They traveled back to Jan’s home town of Driscoll, and were married in her childhood church for the ceremony. Jan and Steve joyfully added to their family by adopting a beautiful baby girl, Stephanie, in October 1971; from that day forward she was their finest treasure. Jan worked for Harvey Aluminum for many years, and in 1979 she and Steve moved to Cannon Beach, Oregon, and embarked on their next life chapter, and partnership in the hospitality business and real estate development.
Over the next many years, they immersed themselves in hotel remodels, new restaurants, RV parks and community involvement. Jan worked hands-on in every department of their business, and was known for her incredible work ethic, and rolling up her sleeves to get the job done.
In 1993, Jan and Steve realized their dream endeavor as they built and opened the Stephanie Inn, which they named after their daughter, Stephanie, in Cannon Beach. Today, people from all over the world come to Cannon Beach to be guests at the Stephanie Inn, and Jan warmly greeted every guest as if welcoming them into her own family home.
When her husband Steve passed away in 2000 after his three-year battle with cancer, Jan carried on the business with the help and partnership of her son-in-law, Ryan Snyder, and her daughter, Stephanie Snyder. Jan retired in 2004, but remained active with her involvement at her beloved Stephanie Inn.
Jan’s greatest joy was her two grandchildren, Stephen and Kaylee. They were her priority, and gave her the most happiness as she watched them play sports, or just laughing and hanging out with them.
Jan spent the summers in Cannon Beach, and the winters at her home in Indian Wells, California, where she and Steve first made the desert their second home in 1986. Jan has endeared another large family of friends in the desert who loved her, and loved to be around her.
Jan’s graciousness and commitment to her family, friends and employees through the years has made her a most respected woman. In addition to her love of friends and family, Jan loved to dance and dance and dance, and playing the piano wherever she found one. She shared her love of life with everyone she met, and is remembered for her sincere caring, enthusiasm and her way of “saying it like it is!”
Jan is survived by her daughter, Stephanie Snyder, and her husband Ryan Snyder; her grandchildren, Stephen and Kaylee; her sister, Barbara Ness of Houston, Texas; and an abundance of nieces and nephews, who all love and adore her.
Jan will be greatly missed.
Services will be held on the following dates and times:
• Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at 1 p.m. at North Coast Family Fellowship in Seaside, Oregon, with a reception to follow at the church.
• Friday, March 9, 2018, at 1 p.m. at the International Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery, West 13th Street and Cherry Heights Road, The Dalles, Oregon, immediately followed by a reception at Sunshine Mill & Quenett Winery, 901 E. Second St. in The Dalles.
• Thursday, March 29, 2018, at 1 p.m. at the Desert Horizons Country Club, Club Room, 44900 Desert Horizons Drive, Indian Wells, CA 92210.
Rather than flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Seaside High School in honor of the Jan Martin Memorial Scholarship Fund.