Janessa Van Dyke Warner died on July 20, 2021, at the age of 37, after an 18-month battle with cancer. She leaves behind her loving husband, Mark; her 13-year-old daughter, Libby; and her 10-year-old son, Joey.
Janessa was born on October 26, 1983, to Randy and Ann Van Dyke. She grew up in a loving family and had many happy memories of her childhood. She has always remained close to her brothers and sisters and their spouses. She married Mark Warner on July 1, 2005, in the Mt. Timpanogos Temple and joined another great family. She loved her father and mother in-law, Gary and Becky Warner, and Mark’s brothers and their wives. She truly cherished her extended family.
Janessa is survived by her husband, and children; her parents; her father and mother in-law; her siblings and their spouses: Nathan Van Dyke (Angela), Monica May (Brian), Hilary McCullough (Jeremy), Preston Van Dyke (Tiana); Mark’s brothers and their wives: Justin (Maleah), Matt (Evige), Ryan (Shelleen); and numerous nephews and nieces. She is also survived by many faithful friends, including her lifelong pals Rachel and Heather.
Janessa had a knack for finding humor in the occasional absurdities of daily life, and always kept us laughing. She loved her family fiercely and took great joy in being with Libby and Joey as they pursued sports and other activities. Even while very sick, she was at their games and talking about next season.
While her children were very young, Janessa took up cycling and pushed herself to some amazing achievements. She competed in three 100-mile races but was most proud of being by Libby’s side as Libby completed a 15-mile race at the age of 8.
Janessa and Mark moved to Benjamin, Utah, in 2017, and established a home complete with farm animals. She was “all in” with this new way of life and appreciated the help and advice of neighbors and friends. She loved the shared family work of raising animals. She was known for bringing fresh eggs to her nurses.
Janessa was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, had a strong testimony of Jesus Christ, and lived a life that was consistent with her beliefs. She especially loved teaching Primary with Mark.
A viewing will be held on Monday, July 26, 2021, from 6-8 o’clock in the evening at Walker Funeral Home, 187 South Main Street, Spanish Fork. A second viewing, preceding the funeral service, will be held on Tuesday morning, July 27, 2021, from 9:45 until 10:45 o’clock at the Benjamin Utah LDS Chapel, 3238 West 7300 South, (Benjamin) Spanish Fork, Utah, with the funeral commencing at 11 o’clock a.m. in the Benjamin Chapel. Interment will be at the Salem City Cemetery, 965 South 130 East, Salem, Utah 84653, following the funeral.
The family would especially like to thank the many friends and family who have supported and shown kindness and generosity, as Janessa has battled cancer. We will forever be grateful to you. We would also like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Huntsman Cancer Hospital for the care and treatment they so compassionately provided.