April 25, 1945 — March 29, 2018
Jan Mason Searing was born April 25, 1943, and passed away unexpectedly March 29, 2018, at home in Longview, his birthplace.
He is survived by his wife, Diane McCoy Searing, whom he married when he was 22 and she was 19. They were blessed with a joyful marriage full of great love and laughter. They were the happiest when they were together and experienced a close-knit family life with their three beloved children, Jason Searing (Carol), Darcy Sandberg (Darren), and Shanie Searing. He had three granddaughters, Ashton Searing, Taylor Searing and Natalia Breeden.
Jan is also survived by a brother, Larry Hall (Lois) of Silverdale, Wash.; a sister, Judy Ratte of Corvallis, Ore.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and close friends, including George Moore and Ron McCoy (Cindi), who was also his brother-in-law.
Jan enjoyed traveling tremendously and visited nearly every state in the union as well as England, France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Holland and France, particularly liking Austria and Switzerland. He made many new friends on his travels. Jan and Diane bought a winter home in western Arizona on the Colorado River on Valentine’s Day 2011, and developed many friendships there as well.
Jan was an active member of the Pioneer Lion’s Club, Moose Lodge, Elks Club and the American Legion, attending meetings in both Washington and Arizona. He assisted the Alpha Kappa chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha with their sorority/service club’s annual Salvation Army/Christmas Center Benefit for disadvantaged families, their St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s Broomstick Pool Benefit and Raffle, as well as their annual fireworks stand for local charities.
Jan opened The Longhorn Western Store in 1972, while still in his 20s. He had a lifelong interest in horses and served on the Cowlitz County Fair Board and the Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo (TMPR) Committee for several decades. Jan represented the TMPR at rodeo conventions in Denver, Colorado and Las Vegas, becoming acquainted with many rodeo contestants and world champions in the field.
Jan graduated from Kelso High School with the class of 1961, and attended Diablo Valley College in Concord, Calif. He was a member of the Army Reserve, and at the age of 21, he was the youngest registered longshoreman on the Pacific Coast. He loved his job on the Columbia River, and the ports of Kalama, Portland, Coos Bay and Astoria. He was a member of the ILWU Local 21, and learned every facet of the industry with Pacific Maritime. He became a member of Local 40 out of Portland, serving as a marine clerk. It was essential to pass tests demonstrating knowledge in this area and computer proficiency. Jan practiced diligently, passing the exams. He retired as a supervisor from Sause Brothers.
Jan was confirmed as a Catholic, but in adulthood was a member of the Lutheran Church.
A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. April 28 at the Kelso Elks. Pastor Nehemiah Brown will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or the Salvation Army/Christmas Center, P.O. Box 1218, Longview, WA 98632.