Douglas Michael Janis, 64, of Hemphill, passed from this life on Sunday, December 13, 2020, at his home. He was born August 8, 1956, in Lake Jackson, to his mother, the late Wanda Janis, of Beaumont and his father through adoption, Bill Janis, of Orange. Doug was the oldest of four siblings. The family moved to Buna during Doug’s childhood.
Doug will be remembered as one who never minded a hard day’s work and never shied away from a challenge. There was not a lazy bone in his body, and he was not afraid of hard work. He was energetic, always hustling, and never looked for a handout. Those who knew him best and loved him most never knew him not to be working. Prior to moving to the northern part of Toledo Bend Lake in Sabine County where he worked as a commercial fisherman supplying local restaurants, Doug was a longtime resident of Silsbee. During his years there, he held a variety of occupations in Hardin County. He served as an insurance sales representative for Farm Bureau and had been honored with an award for insurance salesman of the year. Doug was an entrepreneur and small business owner who had operated a thriving fish market on the south end of Silsbee. He had previously been employed as a welder and member of the pipefitter’s local. His work experience extended from stints on offshore drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico to installing satellite dishes in the Oak Hill area of Austin. His friends and acquaintances knew him to be a man’s man who was creative, independent, and could do anything he set his mind to do. He never met a stranger and was known for his gregarious, outgoing personality.
One of Doug’s favorite pastimes was fishing and through the years he enjoyed cooking and serving fried fish and barbecue at gatherings of family and friends. His preferred method of fishing was baiting and running lines for the catfish he never grew tired of. His love of water and tropical fish lead him to obtain his scuba diving certification to explore the Flower Garden area off the Texas Gulf Coast in day and night dives. He was inspired to draw and design plans for a unique houseboat that was years in the making prior to its launch and permanent docking in a cove at Toledo Bend. As word spread, boat enthusiasts and admirers from miles around came to view the boat Doug had dreamed of and built. He considered it the culmination of a lifelong goal and one of his finest achievements that he shared with those closest to him. Doug’s favorite place to be in the whole world was aboard the houseboat he had handcrafted. And in his final moments, he was at home in the place he loved and enjoyed most.
He is survived by his daughter, Misty Short and son-in-law Le Short, and four grandchildren, of Beaumont; sister, Kathy Meyer and brother-in-law Dan Meyer of Poway, California; brother, John Janis of Port Arthur; and father, Bill Janis of Orange.
Douglas is preceded in death by his beloved grandparents, Noel and Bessie Case Freeman of Buna, his younger sister Karen Janis of Bridge City, and mother, Wanda Janis, of Beaumont. He leaves behind a lifetime of cherished friends and neighbors spanning Texas and Louisiana and the many grateful fish still swimming and splashing in the lake who eluded his capture.
Cremation arrangements for Mr. Janis were handled through Broussard’s Crematorium, under the direction of Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. Following his cremation his daughter will return Doug to his favorite places along the waters of the lake he so loved.