OBITUARY

Brian Janonis

August 16, 1950June 6, 2021
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Brian A. Janonis died at Poudre Valley Hospital after a bout with necrotizing pancreatitis on June 6, 2021. Brian was born in Binghamton, NY to Frank A. Janonis and Jayne Szymanski, August 16, 1950. He graduated from Union College in Schenectady, NY, where he met his spouse Catherine. They were married for 48 years. He also received an MS in Environmental Engineering from Colorado State University and worked at Greeley and Hanson in Chicago, the wastewater department of the City of Greeley, M&I Consulting Engineers, and was a partner in RBD. While consulting, he designed both water and wastewater facilities.

After leaving RBD, he worked for the City of Fort Collins Water department and eventually became the CEO of City Utilities, from which he retired in 2014. He enjoyed working with all the employees in each of the various Utility departments. During his time at the City, he was awarded a Gates Fellowship to the Harvard Kennedy School. His experience at Harvard was a highlight of his life.

Brian had many interests and hobbies, including bread baking, photography, collecting Pelican fountain pens, fishing, and woodworking. Highlights of his sporting life were a month-long fishing trip to Chile, a ten-day fly-fishing trip deep into the Wind Rivers, and halibut fishing off the coast of Oregon. In recent years he fished the Poudre and lakes in Wyoming and Colorado. Before giving it up, he enjoyed hunting with his Irish Water Spaniels. He also was a fan of CSU volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball. He and Catherine were the Women’s Basketball Boosters of the Year in 2002.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Homeward Alliance or KRFC which he enjoyed listening to while working on his marquetry projects. Contributions to the CSU volleyball or basketball programs would also be appreciated.

A Memorial Service was held Friday, June 11, 2021 at 1:00pm at Allnutt Drake Road Chapel in Fort Collins. Please visit www.allnuttftcollins.com to leave a message of condolence for the family.

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  • Memorial Service

    Friday, June 11, 2021

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    Friday, June 11, 2021

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Janie Arndt

June 15, 2021

Catherine, we were very sad to hear of Brian’s passing. Peace be with you.
Rod and Janie Arndt

Jon Haukaas

June 13, 2021

Catherine - so sorry to hear of Brian's passing. Like many others, he was both a great mentor, great boss, and a great friend. Beyond work we had numerous talks about bow hunting, grouse, and chasing trout. It was wonderful to spend time with him on the river and gain even more (non-utility) knowledge.
Our thoughts are with you and your family in these trying times.
Take care.
Jon

Michael Smith

June 11, 2021

Without any doubt, Brian was a very special person who blessed many lives with friendship, generosity, care, thoughtfulness and compassion. He was a joy and inspiration to work with and a man you could always trust. My memories of Brian at work, fly fishing or just spending time talking about heartfelt stories of past and present... times that I will be forever thankful.
Catherine, I am so sorry for your loss... but please know that Brian touched the hearts and lives of many... and memories that will be treasured forever.

Ted Borstad

June 11, 2021

Bev and I are sad to hear about Brian’s passing. Our condolences to Catherine and the family. I will cherish the memories that Brian and I were able to make together. We had many great pheasant hunting trips in Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota. The hunt was a success if the dogs were happy and tired at the end of the day; bagging birds was optional. Brian loved to watch his dogs work a field.
I also remember the times we got together to have coffee and solve the world’s problems. We even met a few times at an outdoor picnic table during the pandemic year. I’ll miss those moments but will cherish the memory.
Brian also helped me build the wooden dining room table for our daughter in Denver. His talents were many and varied. One of a kind.

JAY BARBER

June 11, 2021

So sorry to read about the passing of Brian. We were classmates from Chenango Bridge elementary school through Chenango Valley Jr. High school and graduated together from Chenango Valley High School. The picture in Facebook shows me in the front row. Brian and I were on the track team together and we also wrote for the school paper. We had a great group of friends in high school and Brian was one of them. Many fond memories of eating lunch together in the school cafeteria, chatting, laughing, telling jokes. He was a great guy with a goofy sense of humor but smart, determined and a good person and friend. Like so many high school friends, life takes us in different directions so it's difficult to keep up with our high school classmates but I was pleased to read about how accomplished Brian was in his life and how much he did to make his own life enjoyable. Rest in peace old friend.

Don Silar

June 10, 2021

Don Silar

June 10, 2021

Catherine and family : Thought you might like to see photos from when Brian (the "B" of RBD Engineering Consultants) was a partner in RBD. Don Silar

John Stokes

June 10, 2021

Dear Catherine, I am so very sorry for your untimely loss. I enjoyed working with Brian. His perpetually kind demeanor and commitment to the success of his colleagues were notable. The water spaniels were always a bit tricky, they didn't seem to like tall, skinny guys. They would growl at me fiercely every time Brian and I ran into each other and we'd joke and laugh about it. I hadn't seen Brian in a few years, but will miss him and his generous spirit. Peace be with you and your family. Sincerely, John Stokes.

Judy McLaughlin

June 9, 2021

Catherine,
We are saddened to learn of Brian’s passing. Truly, there is a big vacant spot in your heart right now where he fit perfectly. May you find some comfort in the memories of all of the good and special times you shared.
Brian was a man of integrity and that is a wonderful legacy.
Fondly,
Judy and Lloyd

Lisa Poppaw Ehlers

June 9, 2021

I'm so sorry for your loss, Catherine. I have always had the utmost respect for Brian, and I'm shocked and saddened by his passing. He made a huge impact not only in Fort Collins, but statewide and beyond. His vision has helped move Fort Collins towards a more sustainable future, and that will be his lasting legacy. I am proud and honored to have called him my friend and will miss seeing him around town.

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Flats fishing

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Retirement gift from Utilities department

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Booker

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Brian and Bill in the Wind Rivers

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Playing a game

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With niece, Caitlin, and nephew, Luke

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With the Eisses