Andrew Thomas Janowsky
1960 - 2021
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Numerous communities in Southwest Colorado lost a dear friend and iconic figure when Andrew Thomas Janowsky passed away unexpectedly at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs on February 10, 2021 at the age of 60. "Andy" as he was known to all, was a "mountain of a man" with a variety of talents and interests that included singing, songwriting, mountain biking, weight lifting, fly fishing, and enjoying nature, whether in his backyard home outside of Durango or on the roads and trails of the San Juans, Sangre de Cristos and throughout the Southwest and Wyoming.

The word "iconic" may be overused in today's language, but it fits the personality, accomplishments, and scope of Andy's influence perfectly. He was recognized by dozens and dozens of people throughout his home communities of Durango, Pagosa Springs, and the San Luis Valley.

His heart for people was as big as the territory he roamed, on foot, on his mountain bike, or in his truck, often with the High Rollers band equipment in tow with the words, "Caution, contains country music" painted on the side. That was Andy.

Born in Buffalo, New York on June 4, 1960, he was the third of Rev. Phil and Mary Jo Janowsky's four children. He was a born entertainer, and as soon as he could talk, he was showing off and trying to make people laugh. In a way, he was always on stage and whoever was listening was his audience.

Andy embraced the family faith and began singing in church at an early age. He later honored his childhood memories in western Kansas on "Rural Route Religion," an album of traditional hymns, and in original songs, he wrote reflecting on his love of the culture he grew up in. He loved the farm community of his childhood and early adolescence.

The family moved to Colorado Springs in 1976 where Andy excelled in athletics, made a little mischief, and graduated from Fountain Ft. Carson High School in 1978. He then attended Fort Lewis College and graduated in 1982 with a degree in accounting.

Accounting didn't suit his personality, and his interest in performing musically was growing. It wasn't long before he tested the waters of performing on stage, playing bass, and singing with a popular Durango band known as "Highway Robbery" for the next three years.

It was during this time that he met his future wife, Linda Brumley. They were married on February 17, 1985 in the Sargent Community Church, where Andy's father was then pastor. Sargent turned out to be the very church Andy himself was pastoring at the time of his untimely illness. Andy's marriage was the joy of his life, and his love for Linda is reflected in numerous songs he wrote.

Between the years of 1985-1999, Andy served the city of Durango as a member of the Durango Police Department, a role that suited him well and one he enjoyed fully. The traditional motto of policemen everywhere, "protect and serve," was something that Andy took immense pride in, as he took pride in the camaraderie of the men he served with. Throughout his life, in uniform or out, the role of protector was part of Andy's character.

Perhaps Andy's best-known role was as the face of the High Rollers, a band that had small beginnings in 1995 and steadily grew their following. At their peak, the High Rollers enjoyed playing large Festivals across western United States, France, and Spain. Always dear to his heart were the large local outdoor events where often there was a charitable component: The City of Durango's Fourth of July Street Dance, the La Plata County Fair, Fiesta Days, the Archuleta County Fair, and a large outdoor concert each July in Pagosa Springs to raise money for the Pagosa wrestling Club. Events like these were on the local annual calendars and were eagerly anticipated by the large crowds

they served.

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Published in The Durango Herald on Feb. 22, 2021.
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March 3, 2021
With deepest sympathy- Andrew and I were classmates at High Plains grade school in Leoti - have many great memories with Andrew and the Janowsky family

Scott Miller
Scott Miller
Classmate
March 3, 2021
With deepest sympathy- Andrew and I were classmates at High Plains grade school in Leoti - have many great memories with Andrew and the Janowsky family

Scott Miller
Scott Miller
Classmate
February 28, 2021
I consider myself to be one of the lucky ones to have had so many opportunities to be with Andy and Linda. The High Rollers gigs in the 4 corners and in Europe were great fun and good times, that would never happened without Andy's energy, drive, and vitality, and Linda's hard work and support. I will miss him for so many reasons. he was one of a kind, to say the least. Linda, we love you, and are here for you, whatever you may need.
god bless you both.
Much love forever,
clay
Clay Lowder
Friend
February 28, 2021
I consider my self one of the lucky ones to have had so many opportunities to be with Andy and Linda. The High Roller gigs in the 4 corners and in Europe were great fun and good times, that would never have happened without Andy's drive and vitality, and Linda's hard work and support. I will miss him in so many ways. He was one of a kind to say the least. Linda, we love you, and are here for you, whatever you need.
God bless you both.
Clay Lowder
Friend
February 28, 2021
My prayers and condolences go out to the family. I loved the time we lived across the street and got to know him and Linda. They were great neighbors. So, sorry to hear of his passing.
Mary Fenwick
Friend
February 27, 2021
I met Andy over 20 years ago when I was looking for a band for a special event I was coordinating in Farmington, NM. I was impressed not only by the band, but by Andy's good heart and kindness over the years. He always went out of his way to acknowledge the "Farmington Dance Group" whenever we were able to attend their dances and other venues. We loved dancing to their music and enjoyed the humor that Andy and the band displayed when they would do a "comedic routine". We were all disappointed when Andy posted on Facebook that The High Rollers were closing down as a group, for most venues, but understood that he had a higher calling and needed the time to explore that calling. I was so glad when I found out that Andy had ministered to a friend of mine, in Monte Vista, when she lost her mother to Covid last year. She was blessed by his kindness and comforted by his words. We will all miss him. Prayers to the family.
Rest in Peace, Andy
Betty & Ernie Asmus, Farmington, NM 2/27/2021
Friend
February 27, 2021
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February 27, 2021
Cheri & I started met Andy and started dancing sometime in the early '80s and raised four boys to his music. He will be missed greatly. Linda, our prayers are for you and all of his family!
The Van Soelen Family
Friend
February 27, 2021
Rhonda Ealum
Family
February 26, 2021
Andy and I started playing music together when we were in our early 20s. We got back together in 1995 playing in the High Rollers Band. Losing Andy was like losing a family member. He was a great person and dear friend. Condolences to Linda and the Janowsky family.
Michael Canterbury
Friend
February 25, 2021
It was an absolute pleasure to have known Andy, even though for a short duration. Andy restored my faith in God and gave me new found purpose. I am forever grateful that our paths crossed. I am sorry for your loss Linda and Family, your faith is inspiring. RIP Andy!
Matt
Acquaintance
February 25, 2021
As a newcomer to Durango in 1984 and student at Ft Lewis, I met Andy when I joined the LaPlata County Sheriff's Office. Andy was a shining star, role model and all around exemplary human being from my view. Although I've not seen or spoken to him since 1987, his persona left an imprint on me that a won't ever forget. It was my honor to have known and served in law enforcement with him and the family and friends of Andy have my very deepest condolences and sorrow for this huge loss. God bless him and each of you as well. Maybe his sacrifice will help bring a greater level of respect for the illness which claimed him and which so many seem to question.
Robert Gaskamp
Coworker
February 25, 2021
Andy, brother in Christ, friend, teacher encourager, singer, someone who always pointed to Jesus, humble, kind, funny, a godly husband loving and honoring Linda♡, walked out his faith by example, I will miss his biblical teaching. We will Miss him leading worship and teaching, miss his smile and his glad heart. Jesus sure did shine through him!!!!
We love you Linda so much, and our hearts grieve with you and we will continue to lift you in prayer!
In the loving grip of Christ,

Kari and Duane.
Duane And Kari Escher
Friend
February 25, 2021
I can't express how moved I have been by Andy's spirit. I was fortunate to have worked with him on a few projects and thankful for the truck time spent with him on the way to locations. His kindness will be missed, but I'm so grateful to have spent part of my life with both Andy and Linda. I know he's in a great place, I just wish he hadn't been taken so soon.
Carl Geers
Friend
February 25, 2021
Angels come and take us to Heaven when our time on Earth is done.
I would like to believe that Andy is in Heaven now to watch over everyone he had the opportunity to meet.
All of his family and friends are blessed to have Andy in their lives
He is not gone. He lives in our minds, thoughts and hearts.
God bless you Andy.
Erick Nelson
Erick Nelson
Friend
February 24, 2021
I had the honor of meeting Andy at FLC, followed him as he played with Hiway Robbery, while I still lived in Durango. The last time I saw hi and Linda was at the crazy time in Lomafor that party and music, music, music. A pleasure to have known you and Miss Linda!
Jeff Sweeney
Classmate
February 24, 2021
Linda, our hearts go out to you and we pray for healing for your broken heart and for peace and strength to help you make it through this painful time. I loved listening and dancing to Andy’s music and watching the band play. You could just tell that Andy was one of the good guys. His compassion for others will be surely missed in this world. We feel blessed to have known him.
Brenda and Nicki
Friend
February 24, 2021
I first met Andy when we were both in law enforcement, he was an amazing man and always had a kind word to say. He will be missed.
Kent Baxstrom
Friend
February 24, 2021
"Yeah when this flesh and heart shall fail, and mortal life shall cease, I shall possess within the veil, a life of joy and peace."
Condolences to Dan and all the family.
Rod von Bernuth
Classmate
February 23, 2021
We met Andy in Pagosa when he and his band were doing their event for the local high school fund raising event for the wrestlers, five plus years ago. The two of them bonded over Andy's lyrics to Dust to Rust, as KS guys who understood. Del even videoed Andy's dad singing. They became text friends. Del's last text to Andy just before this past Christmas was, "Long Live the West ," and Del told Andy he better do a sequel to Dust to Rust, based on the foreseeable economy. Andy said, yes it's sad and maybe it should be called 'Dumb and Dumber! We'll surely miss him. He's truley in God's country now. What a great guy!!!
Jane & Del Peterson
Friend
February 23, 2021
Andy was truly an incredible man. He will be missed greatly. Prayers and condolences to the family and to all he touched
Sandy schane
Friend
February 23, 2021
Andy was the kind of guy who was a friend to everyone and never failed to say "hi, how are ya'". Linda, you have so many happy memories left to you. My deepest sympathy to you. Know that many, many people out there think of you, pray for you and wish you the best. We never know what God has in store for us. God be with you. My family all sends their love and condolences. May you find solace in the words of so many people who loved Andy. Bless you, honey. We'll see you in Heaven, Andy!
Dale Triplett
Friend
February 23, 2021
My heart is broken. I am so sorry for this huge loss in your family, and the community. He was special in so many ways, to so many people. Andy, we will mourn your loss, we will miss your presence, but we will celebrate your presence in the Kingdom of God. See you soon.
Yvonne Francois South
Friend
February 23, 2021
You will be greatly missed but we will see you in Heaven, prayers for the Angels to hold and comfort the Family.
Darlene Hiemer
Friend
February 23, 2021
Andy was one of the kindest and full of God men I knew. He always had a smile, hug, and words of encouragement! I will miss him! But I know he is in Heaven and in a much better place. I am so sorry Linda-I may not be in Durango but pray for you daily!
Allison Butler
Friend
February 22, 2021
Andy was truly a wonderful person to know. We met in his capacity as a police officer and his kindness helped me through some difficult times. He never forgot my name or face and we saw each other often at functions in the community. I loved to see the band perform and am grateful for the role music played in my life and the joy of seeing them when I would drop in the Wild Horse when they played. Andy always had a hug and a moment to spend with people. I want his family to know that I hold them all in my heart. He was a delight.
Ann Perkins-Parrott
Friend
February 22, 2021
RIP Andy. There are no words right now except you will be sorely missed. The comfort we have is knowing we will ALL meet again in "That Place"! God bless and many prayers to Linda for her comfort and well being as she adjusts to life without you, even though she will always know in her heart that you are forever near and your love for her will always keep her safe. God Bless you all.
Melinda Ice
Friend
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