Jan Martin Howell

December 19, 1938September 6, 2018
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Jan Martin Howell passed into eternity on September 6, 2018. He entered this world in Mustang Township, Oklahoma on the 19th of December in 1938 as the first son of Earl and Martha Howell, who later gave him three brothers: Wendell, Neil, and Gary.

Jan served his country for over 38 years at the Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTTC), Edwards Air Force Base, California. He worked in a variety of important positions, starting in 1960 as a weapons controller in the Space Positioning and Radar Tracking (SPORT) section, providing critical safety guidance to test pilots during the release of weapons and objects of all types over the Edwards Flight Test Range. Jan later worked as a flight test engineer and became a world-renowned expert of outstanding work in the field of R&M are well documented in numerous AFFTC technical reports and in internationally-recognized technical reports published by NASA, AIAA, and AGARD, among others. Jan's extensively documented work in the R&M field is still utilized by R&M engineers all over the world. Jan served his last few years at Edwards as the Test Director for support aircraft including airborne tankers and the ARIA aircraft used to provide telemetry coverage for launch and recovery of spacecraft. Jan retired from civil service in 1998, bringing to a close an absolutely outstanding career.

Throughout his career at Edwards AFB, Jan was a charter and lifetime member of the Society of Flight Engineers and participated and planned many functions of that organization. He was also a member of the Mensa Society for very high IQ individuals.

Jan is survived by his loving wife of 31 years Karlene, his children, Tara Hall (Dan), Marty Howell (Jennifer) and Barbara Klingman. Elizabeth (Marty) De Roos and Norma Howell. Granddaughters, Casey Haley, Sarah, Mary, and Alyssa. One great granddaughter, Austyn. Also numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Jan was proceeded in death by his parents, Earl and Martha, Brothers, Wendell, Niel, Gary and son BJ Klingman.

He will be remembered by countless friends, commanders and co-workers from Edwards AFB.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, September 22, 2018

Jan Martin Howell

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Todd Perry

October 17, 2018

I worked for Jan during my first assignment as an Air Force officer. Jan was a huge influence and took the time to be a mentor to help me develop and become a better officer. There are many things that I learned in the 4 years at 6520 Test Group that I use today in business and life thanks to Jan.

Jan & I kept in touch over the years that I left Edwards. We could get on the phone and talk like we hadn't been apart. Jan was a good friend that I will miss.

Karlene Howell

September 13, 2018

I know I'm his wife, but have many memories...just one I wanted to share about our wedding. First off, he decided on Las Vegas...ok, no big. I wanted to be married on Saturday may 11th because the next day was mother's day...well, I didn't get my way and at 7pm on mother's day we went to get married.
Everything was nice and we began our vows, as the pastor began telling me to repeat after him....he came to the part of love, honor and obey....Jan interrupted....he told the pastor to leave out the obey part because I was never going to OBEY him or anyone else....
Who interrupts vows for that? But, obey was not included in our vows...

I miss him, I mostly miss his wry humor....

mary mcbride

September 9, 2018

We hope my cousin's Family will be blessed with Comfort and Peace as they grieve the loss of Jan,
he was a very intelligent, creative man with a sense of humor like no other. Have fond memories of his
visit to me in 2006, was so happy & pleased that my cousin came to spend some time with me after
my husband passed away. Also have some great memories of when his Mother Martha and her boys
brought us milk from their farm. May all the Family feel the Love and caring their Heavenly Father and
His son have for them at this very difficult and challenging time. Love To All, Cousin Mary Jane & Family
From Gilbert , Arizona