[Marin County Obit Board]

Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Sunday, March 08, 2015 at 07:33:09 :

Marin Independent Journal
Friday, May 27, 1988

William C. Jahnke

William Charles Jahnke, a San Rafael artist known for his landscape paintings, died Wednesday, May 25, 1988, at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Terra Linda after a long illness. He was 50.

Mr. Jahnke had lived in San Rafael for 17 years.

He was born in Somerville, Mass., and moved to California about 30 years ago to attend the Arts Center School in Los Angeles. He lived in Los Angeles until moving to Terra Linda in 1971.

Mr. Jahnke served in the Air Force from 1954 to 1958.

He worked in oil paints, and his work was well-known in Marin. He also exhibited at the Wild Wings Gallery in San Francisco and at various art galleries at Lake Tahoe. He painted mostly landscapes, but also enjoyed painting the people in costume each year at the Renaissance Faire in Black Point.

He received the Arts and Public Building Award from the state of California, which is given to artists who put their artwork into public buildings. He painted a mural at the Department of Motor Vehicles in Redwood City in 1979.

He loved traveling and painting and used his trips as subject matter for paintings.

Mr. Jahnke is survived by his wife, Connie Jahnke of San Rafael; a son, Gregg Jahnke of San Rafael; his mother, Margaret Jahnke of San Rafael; a sister, Deborah Jahnke of San Rafael; a brother, Edward Jahnke of Los Angeles; and a sister, Elaine Schwach of Michigan.

No service is plan. (sic)

The family requests contributions to Exodus Home for Autistic Children, Box 6521, San Rafael, 94903.

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