Steven Carl Janiszewski

August 26, 1947 ~ December 12, 2021 (age 74)


Steven (Steve) was a passionate Christian attorney who will always love Jesus, his family, and his friends. He was born again, spirit-filled and speaking in tongues until he passed away at age 74 due to complications in the hospital. 

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Laura Boland Janiszewski; his six children: Chrystal Putnam (Christopher), Diane Bohannan (David), Carl Janiszewski, Stassio Janiszewski, Lexey Evergreen (Taylor), and Sophia Janiszewski; his nine grandchildren; his brother Frank Janiszewski, his sister Marie Kennedy, and his sister Beckyann McMillan (Tony). Steven was predeceased by his mother Nell Kennedy Janiszewski, his father Joseph Janiszewski, and his sister Carol Hallum.

Steven was born in Salt Lake City, UT to Nell Kennedy and Earnest John Hallum. At age four he was adopted by Joseph Janiszewski. He was a writer in one form or another his entire life. In fifth grade, he wrote the school play; he bought himself a typewriter in junior high in order to submit his short stories for publication; and as a wrestler in high school, he published stories and poems in the school's literary zine. 

He studied English with an emphasis in Creative Writing at the University of Utah, under the guidance of the Pulitzer-Prize-winning Quaker poet Henry Taylor. He published poetry, short stories, and a one-act play in college literary magazines. He made his first trip to Boulder in 1969 on a Harcourt, Brace Fellowship to the University of Colorado Writers' Conference. He won the Book-of-the-Month Club Fellowship Competition in 1969 and was recruited by major MFA writing programs. Henry Taylor steered him to Hollins College, where he studied with Richard Dillard and Virginia's Poet Laureate George Garrett.

While working on his PhD at the University of Utah, Steven left the program to meditate with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in Boulder, Colorado. He took his J.D. from the University of Denver. He was licensed to practice law in Colorado, in the Federal District Court for the District of Colorado, and in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. He was a zealous advocate for his clients for 36 years. 

Steven passionately pursued serving for Christ. He celebrated the Lord at Apostolic Missions Ministry. He was the attorney on the board at Re-fined Ministries, serving survivors of sex trafficking. He picketed and converted potential clients in front of Dr Hern's late-term abortion clinic in Boulder with 40 Days For Life.  

In his "spare time," Steven was known to try out new anti-aging and brain-enhancing supplements; collect crystals and copper; read the Bible again; become a Runescape champion fighter; revise old manuscripts, like the story he wrote in college Guacamole Tostada, that he later published as a book The Assassination of Spiro Agnew; hunt for "mushroom guys" in the mountains; cheer on Salty Cracker; and nestle in a cabin with his family at the YMCA of the Rockies. 

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