Traverse City Record-Eagle

December 2, 2012

Jan Waling


---- — MAPLE CITY --- Jan Waling, 67, of Maple City, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at Grand Traverse Pavilions, surrounded by family. Jan was born in Midland, Dec. 8, 1944, the oldest child of Buford and Frances Waling.

Jan always nurtured a strong interest in science and electronics, graduating from Midland High School in 1962 and Kalamazoo College as physics major.

He enjoyed the adventure of traveling with his family, participating in church and school activities and was a Boy Scout.

After living most of his adult life in California, Jan returned to Northern Michigan following retirement. He lived at Lime Lake with his parents and pursued his dream of becoming a "sound man" full time in the Traverse City area.

Jan was a warm-hearted, brilliant man who deeply touched the lives of those around him. From a young age he was committed to helping those who needed a hand in life. Over the years he became a father figure to many of the youth who lived near him.

He was fortunate to make a career out of the two things in life he was most passionate about, electronics and music. By day, Jan was an electrician and by night, Jan made local musicians into local celebrities by serving as a sound engineer for live performances. He will be remembered for his out-of-nowhere one-liners, his sly, slanted smile, his uncanny ability to make any musician feel (and sound) like a rock star, and his generous and caring nature.

Jan had been fighting metastatic prostate cancer for many years when, finally, the battle was lost.

He was predeceased by his mother, Frances.

Jan is survived by his father, Buford Waling; his daughter, Stacy Luther (Brandon); his brother, Paul (Janine); sister, Diane Kemp (Marc); and the following nieces and nephews, Erik (Anneli), Maria (Michael), Tomas, Travis (Greta), Andrew, Jason, Benjamin, Hunter, Simon and Alice.

The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m., with a visitation with family held one hour prior, at the Leland Community United Methodist Church. Following a light lunch, interment will take place at the Cleveland Township Cemetery.

Donations in Jan's name may be directed to the Leelanau Christian Neighbors, PO Box 32, Suttons Bay, MI 49862.

Please share thoughts and memories with Jan's family on their online guestbook at

Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.