Raised in Hoquiam, Janet Elway — mother of former NFL star QB — dies at age 82

Janet Jordan Elway passed away on March 4, 2020, at the age of 82. She was born March 18, 1937, to Harry and Marie Jordan and raised in Hoquiam, Washington, where she met and married John Albert Elway — “Jack”— in 1958. Soon after, the pair moved, for their first of many times, to Port Angeles, Washington. Port Angeles is where Jack’s coaching career began and the two started their family. During their four years in Port Angeles, Janet had three children: Lee Ann and twins John and Jana.

Jan supported Jack in 10 different cities across his college and professional football coaching career, including Port Angeles, Aberdeen Pullman and Denver. Jan and Jack moved to Palm Desert, California, where the pair planned to retire together. After Jack’s passing, Jan stayed in Palm Desert and met her second half of life partner, Richard Terrell.

Jan enjoyed watching her son, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway, shine on the football field. She was his proudest fan, every step of the way.

Jan is preceded in death by her husband Jack Elway in 2001 and her daughter Jana Elway Sever in 2002. She is survived by her sister, Jolene Jordan Olson; partner Richard Terrell; two children; Lee Ann McCarthy and husband Tony McCarthy, John Elway II and wife Paige Elway; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.