LaFayette “Pat” Jones died peacefully at home in Nevada City on Dec. 2, 2012. He was 88.
Pat was born on Feb. 14, 1924 (always a sweetheart) in Palestine, Ark., and grew up in Colfax, La. He joined the Navy in 1942 and enjoyed his 27 year career as a hospital corpsman, during which he served in three wars-in the Pacific Fleet in World War II, later on the battleship USS Iowa, and on the minesweeper USS Mockingbird in the Korean conflict.
His best set of orders was a three-year tour on the French Riviera, accompanied by his family. He retired in 1969 as a senior chief petty officer.
After retirement, he and his wife, Dee, served as fire lookouts at PegLeg Mountain in the Lassen National Forest for 16 years. Pat and Dee moved to Nevada City and built a home in 1974.
There he enjoyed golf, square dancing, gardening and travel. An accomplished but modest golfer, he rarely mentioned his six holes-in-one.
He was a quiet hero who cherished those dear to him. He will be greatly missed and always treasured for his wisdom, integrity and devotion to his family. He didn’t speak about his values — he lived them, guiding by example.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Dee Jones of Nevada City; son, Stephen “Casey” Jones of Vallejo; daughter, Jill Kelly (Marc) of Nevada City; grandchildren, Kachina Kelly-Page (Phil) of San Francisco; Rainy Dyer (Greg) of Albuquerque, N.M.; Dr. Dagon Jones (Erica) of Davis; great-grandchildren, Kiah, Anthony Brendan, Gwenna and Caden; sister, Judy Hicks of Colfax, La.
The family will hold a reception at a later date.
Memorial contributions can be made to Utah’s Place, The Hospitality House, 230 Church St., Grass Valley, CA 95945.