Jan D. DeSmet
December 5, 1932 – April 3, 2021
Jan was reunited with his beloved wife, Dolores, on April 3, 2021. Born in Omaha, Nebraska on December 5, 1932 to Deon and Ava DeSmet. Preceded in death by his parents; a sister; and his wife, Dolores. Survived by daughters: Renee, Deanna (Jim), Michele, and Robyn (Mike); five grandchildren and one great-grandson.
A 58-year insurance veteran and a trailblazer in the industry, Jan was the former Executive Vice President of the Harry A. Koch Co. and the founder and former President of DeSmet & Associates, Inc. Professionally, he was best known for his commitment to providing his many clients with sound and creative insurance solutions and advice. He was equally dedicated to being a mentor.
Jan served on numerous boards, was a member and past president of Omaha Suburban Rotary as well as past president of Omaha Westside Swim Club. Jan and Dolores were members of Christ the King Catholic Church for over 60 years. He was deeply patriotic and served as a 2nd Class Petty Officer in the United States Coast Guard during the Korean War. He recently wrote a story about his many adventures and rescue missions which will be cherished by his family forever. He was also a gifted artist and his beautiful oil paintings adorn the homes of those he loved. Above all, what defined Jan the most was his love and devotion to his family.
A private family funeral Mass will be held due to COVID-19. A Celebration of Life Service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Christ the King Catholic Church (654 S 86 Street, Omaha, NE 68114) or to the Open Door Mission (2828 N. 23rd St E, Omaha, NE 68110). Please note on donations “In Memory of Jan D. DeSmet.”