Dear FAR-West community,
It is with deep sadness that I share the unexpected passing of our past President, and longtime board member, Janet Dukes.
Many of you may remember Janet at the registration desk during the first days of each conference. And she was one of the last people to say goodbye as you pre-registered for the following year on Sunday. She became involved in FAR-West in 2005. Prior to joining the FAR-West Board, she assisted Cindy Bottomley with conference registration. She began serving on the FAR-West board in 2013 as registrar, was FAR-West Secretary from 2014-17, co-coordinated the 2017 conference in Bellevue, WA and was FAR-West Board President in 2018 and 2019.
In addition to her dedication to FAR-West, Janet helped promote Garage-Ma-Hall musical gatherings in Las Vegas for many years. Prior to that she was an elementary school teacher in the Clark County school district. She was also an usher for the minor league baseball team in Las Vegas – loving the baseball and the patrons and friends she got to know so well.
FAR-West was beloved to Janet. She adored the many artists and kindred spirits she met through our organization.
The FAR-West board is scheduling a meeting to discuss a memorial fund in Janet’s name. We will let everybody know what that is as soon as it is determined.