Silver Lake Advocate and Wildlife Supporter Janis Purins Passes Away

Janis Purins (left), who died on September 21, was passionate about the arts and his community. 

Janis Purins, a longtime Silver Lake resident and tireless advocate for transparency in local government and the preservation of Silver Lake’s environmental and cultural diversity, died at home early Monday after a short illness. Janis and his husband, Thom Thomas (d. 2015), the noted playwright and artistic director, were longtime residents of Silver Lake.


After a successful career, Janis devoted his talents to his passions: theatre production and helping his community. He was appointed Region 7 representative to the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council in 2018 and re-elected in 2019 but subsequently resigned to focus on his work with the Silver Lake Wildlife Sanctuary and Silver Lake Together. He also served as co-chair of the Reservoir Committee and represented the Silver Lake Wildlife Sanctuary on the Silver Lake Reservoir Complex Master Plan Stakeholder Working Group. A memorial service for Janis is in the planning stages and we will publish his
complete obituary soon. The Silver Lake Together Advocacy Team is heartbroken and will miss our dear friend.

Published September 22, 2020

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