Marlin Janas DHS1959 Lead Deadwood High School 2015 Hall of Fame Induction Plus all Past DHS Inductees written by Leatha Heinrich Satterlee DHS1959
Meeting during their Freshman year at DHS, teamwork became an early part of Marlin and Margie’s lives. Seeing in him his ability to reach his full potential, Margie, an honor student, became one of Marlin’s biggest supporters and encouragers. While enrolled in the same college, they married and had two children. Balancing parenthood and rigorous college studies gives a small glimpse at their tenuous strength and commitment. They both graduated college in four years with Margie going on to a full 33-year teaching career. Marlin continued to pursue his career in teaching, coaching and school administration. Their sports loving family produced a son and three grandsons who all have excelled in numerous sports. The achievements of both Marlin and Margie Janas are testimony to the excellent foundation for future success received at Deadwood High School.
Marlin’s stellar record setting athletic career includes 5 DHS records which were still standing when Deadwood merged with the Lead Schools in 1972. In college he set more track records, one record not broken for another 11 years. He coached track at Del Norte, Colorado for 14 years with his team being champions 9 of those years and runner up the other 5 years. Teaching, coaching, and setting athletic records were but a small portion of the many accomplishments of Marlin Janas. He eventually went into school administration and spent many years as a principal and then as Superintendent of Schools in Del Norte, Colorado. Eighteen years after retirement he was called back to Del Norte to view a bronze plaque with his picture upon it installed at the entrance of the track and football stadium with the following inscription: “In honor of Marlin Janas for over 40 years of service to the Del Norte School District as teacher, principal, coach, superintendent of schools, and school board member. The lessons he taught about generosity, passion, high expectations and hard work have inspired numerous Del Norte students throughout the years to recognize their potential and ultimately realize it.” This was the first time Del Norte had given an honor like this. Marlin adamantly believes the great life he has enjoyed was given to him by God.
The super-achieving Janas’ story does not end here. It is of significance I mention that in 1987 Margie was chosen Teacher of the Year for the San Luis Valley Schools in Colorado which is comprised of 13 schools. Thereafter, she received honorable mention for the entire state of Colorado for Teacher of the Year.
Both Margie and Marlin are quick to acknowledge they are privileged to have had such excellent administrators, faculty, coaches, and staff at Deadwood High School.
|Marlin Janas, Deadwood High School Class of 1959|
Marlin held four school records in both high and low hurdles, the mile relay and the 880 relay while attending DHS.
|Carole Rypkema Hillard|
DHS1954 State A Basketball Champions
Coach Glenn Burgess
Coach Stewart Ferguson "Fergie"
Renold "Dint" Furois
Hugh "Hootie" Burrington
Roland "Rollie" Furois
Roland (L) Ronald (R)