The Austin Chronicle

Daryl Janes, R.I.P.

By Lee Nichols, May 30, 2007, 6:36pm, Newsdesk

In an odd bit of timing, the Monday death of former City Council Member Sally Shipman (see tomorrow's issue) was followed shortly thereafter by the Wednesday passing of a former journalist who covered her – Daryl Janes, who partnered with Daryl Slusher to publish the city politics paper The Daryl Herald, 1985-'87. Both Daryls would go on to cover similar territory for The Austin Chronicle. Slusher then went on to become a City Council member; Janes went on to other journalistic endeavors and finally a job at the Texas Comptroller's Office. Below is a short obit put together by Comptroller Office employees:

Daryl Janes

The Comptroller's office – and the world of Texas journalism – are poorer today, as we learn of the death of Daryl Janes, most recently employed by the Public Outreach and Strategies Division.

Daryl had a career as offbeat and colorful as the man himself. At various times, he was a Teamsters truck driver and a band manager and promoter. He spent some time in New York City as a budding playwright, and was a lifelong non-fan of that metropolis.

As a writer and editor, Daryl contributed to publications including the
Austin Light, West Austin News, the Austin Challenger, the River City Sun, Austin Home and Garden, the Texas Observer and Third Coast. From 1985 to 1987, Daryl and fellow Austinite Daryl Slusher produced a fondly remembered political newsletter called the Daryl Herald, which comforted the afflicted and afflicted the comfortable. Shortly after the Herald folded, he originated the "Council Watch" column in the Austin Chronicle.

He also worked on the Jim Mattox for Governor campaign, hosted a political talk show on community radio station KAZI and edited the 1992 book
No Apologies: Texas Radicals Celebrate the '60s.

In 1992 and 1993, Daryl tried his hand at small-town journalism, publishing and editing the
Kountze News in East Texas. There was no money in that. He worked at the Austin Business Journal from 1994 through 1999, covering the courts and legal issues, and became Focus editor in 1998.

His first brush with state employment was a three-year stint at the Texas Attorney General's Office, in 1988 through 1991. He joined the State Comptroller's Office in 1999.

With his shaved head and fondness for black clothing, Daryl had the look and the wardrobe of cowboy movie villain, but he was a warm and friendly man, quick to laugh, cheerfully reactionary and possessed of a variety of salty opinions. He supported Houston sports teams and loved the Aggies.

He will be missed by all who knew him.

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