2018 Mr. & Ms. Country Days Bio
When you think of the rich history of Farmington, our 2018 Country Days Ambassadors likely come to mind. Maybe it’s because they both serve on the Historical Society. Maybe it’s because they both were born and raised here. Maybe it’s because they have both spent a lifetime teaching us about this wonderful place we call home.
The Farmington Regional Chamber is proud to announce Janet Douglas and Jon Cozean will serve as the official ambassadors of the 2018 Farmington Country Days.
“There’s No Place Like Home” definitely applies to these Farmington natives. Both Janet and Jon grew up with a talent and passion for journalism. Upon graduation from high school at 16, Janet attended Southeast Missouri State University and then jumped into work as a news reporter and then an on-air personality at a radio station. Being the only woman in a decidedly all-male industry, Janet stood her ground and refused to give up on her dreams, paving the way for future female media hopefuls.
Janet has spent a lifetime sharing the news and her wisdom with readers and listeners alike. She continues to host a weekly radio program on KREI and writes the “Around Town” column for the local paper, in addition to writing the FHS Alumni newsletter. As a reporter, on air personality, cancer advocate, Community Relations Director in health care, Chamber of Commerce Director, Downtown development Association Director, a talented actress with The Little Theatre Guild, On-Stage Players and The One-Nighters, or any one of the many other positions Janet has lent her talents to, Janet’s passion for her community has always come through.
Jon was born with history in his blood. His mother, Zelda, was a descendant of the Murphy’s, founders of Farmington. In 1943 he graduated from the first kindergarten class in town at St. Paul Elementary School. Six years later, Jon published his own paper, the Noodle Soup Scoop. A few years later, he began FBC radio, his very own radio station.
Jon, a former Marine, graduated from Mizzou and then spent time living in Ecuador before receiving a fellowship to study government and international studies at George Washington University. He earned a doctorate degree before taking a position with the New York Times. Upon the passing of his father in 1983, Jon returned to Farmington to take over the family business. Cozean Funeral Home has been a cornerstone of the community for decades and through his position as Director, continues to be honored for excellence within the industry.
Jon still writes articles for various industry publications and can always be found with his camera at the FHS athletic events. He posts the pictures and other information for the community on his website, the Farmington Post(Note)-Dispatch. In addition to his work on the Historical Society, Jon is also a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, the Farmington Education Foundation, the History Museum and more.
Both Janet and Jon have been honored with the Farmington Regional Chamber’s Lifetime Achievement Award and while their passion for journalism and storytelling are rivaled only by each other, it’s their passion for their community that continues to inspire and amaze. “This year’s honorees are not a ‘couple’ but they are truly a couple of amazing people”, says Laura Raymer, Director of Events & Program Marketing for the Chamber. “We are blessed to have two such wonderful, compassionate, gracious historians and advocates in our community”.