Janet Marie Michelsen Dillingham, beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend passed away on January 29, 2023. She was born April 24, 1942, in Madison, Wisconsin to Lois and F. Lynn Michelsen. She is survived by her children Timothy (Edye), Darcy (Kevin), Anna, Jeremy (Michelle), Nathan (Gin), and Bonnie (Chase); her brother Mick and sister Spring; 12 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Jan is preceded in death by her parents and her husband David.
Jan married David Dwight Dillingham on August 25, 1965, in the Salt Lake City Temple. For their honeymoon they spent six weeks traveling throughout Europe. The memories from their honeymoon enchanted their children throughout their lives and encouraged them to have their own adventures. Together they raised their six children making their home first in California and then in Maryland. After David’s passing, Jan returned to Salt Lake City.
Janet was a lifelong learner, receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Utah, and later a Master’s degree in Audiology from the University of Maryland while raising her six kids. She was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in various callings throughout her life. She loved being in the temple and served as a temple worker in both the Washington D.C. and Salt Lake City temples.
She was an example to her family and friends of how to serve and love others, living by faith, balancing hard work with having fun, and perseverance.
Friends and family are invited to services including:
Visitation: Saturday, February 4, 2023, from 10:30-11:45 AM
Funeral: Saturday, February 4, 2023, at 12:00 pm
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel at 3080 South Kenwood Street, Salt Lake City, UT.
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I am so very sorry. Sending my condolences, love, and big hugs to the entire family.
Heaven is so much richer now,,,,, with such a beautiful, caring, and generous soul!
A sweet and patient sister. A strong role model for her family. She will be missed by all that knew her. She is in good hands now. Her family can find comfort knowing she is now empowered to do more good work with love and kindness filling her heart!
Good luck, Jan. You're in the right place! Blessings to your family!
What a lovely lady Jan is. We have loved working with her in the temple both in Salt Lake and in Washington DC. We think of her joy in her happy reunion with David but pray for her family who will miss her goodness in this world.
It was a a very loving funeral service. A wonderful tribute to Janet. I learned so much about her. My prayers go out to all her family. She will be missed.
I had the opportunity to work with Jan at the Salt Lake Temple. She was an assistant coordinator when I was the coordinator. She was shown to me in a dream, she was called and she did not disappoint. She served very faithfully. I look forward to someday seeing her again. In the meantime, I will cherish the pictures I have of our group.
Darcy and Anna,
My deepest condolences to you and your family. May the loving memories of your mom bring you peace and comfort during this difficult time.
I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was such a special person, someone who welcomed others into her life, who always had a smile at the ready, and who was always ready to lend a helping hand whenever and wherever she saw a need. I still remember the first time I met her, and the days when Nicole and Bonnie got together at your house in Stonegate.
I'm sure that the Lord welcomed her with open arms when she went from this world to His holy realm.
Our entire family's thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Sending you our love...
Jan was a sweet friend; a loving sister and I enjoyed her so much.
I had the privilege and blessing of working with Jan in the SL Temple. She was always gentle, loving, full of faith and insight, self-effacing and humble. She inspired and lifted me with her warm smile and the twinkle in her eyes. She was, she is still, a light to those of us whose lives she has touched.
I also had the sweet opportunity of serving with Jan in the Salt Lake Temple. We're sorry to see you go, Jan, but know you have enjoyed your sweet reunions on the other side.