John Clark Jones

Posted: Sunday, May 18, 2008

Former Juneau resident John Clark (Jack) Jones died Feb. 26, 2008, while wintering in Palm Springs, surrounded by his family. He was 80.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. May 23 at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 1030 2nd Ave., in Fairbanks. A gathering will follow the service at the Mushers Hall, Mile 4 Farmers Loop Road.

He was born June 15, 1927, in Albia, Iowa, to Raymond and Cliffie Jones. He graduated from Albia High School in 1945, enlisted in the Navy and served from 1945 to 1946.

In 1952, he traveled to Fairbanks and became office manager for Green Construction. In 1959, he moved to Juneau with Green Construction, where he met Doreen. They were married on Oct. 15, 1960.

The family moved to Des Moines, Iowa, where Jones received his accounting degree from Drake University in 1967. The family then moved back to Juneau where he worked as an accountant for Schmitz & Kline.

In 1969, they moved to Fairbanks where Jack worked at Fairbanks Sand & Gravel for 15 years and then spent five years with the Department of Transportation, retiring in 1996.

Family members said he loved the Alaska way of life, enjoying the outdoors fishing and hunting, and summers working in his garden and greenhouse.

"We all enjoyed his good nature, sense of humor and ready smile," they said. "Our husband, father and friend will truly be missed."

He is survived by his wife, Doreen Jones, of Fairbanks; daughters, Shelley Dykema and husband, Michael, of Fairbanks, and Darcy Stratton and husband, Bob, of Witney, England; son, Andy Jones and wife, Sandy, of Northridge, Calif.; grandchildren, Joelle Gardner and husband, Dan, and Chloe, Lily, Daisy and Emma Stratton, all of England, and Kyle Jones and Kim Wooten, of Northridge; sister, Debbie Curtis and husband, Bill, of Simi Valley, Calif.; brother, Raymond Jones and wife, Jan, of Murrieta, Calif.; three nieces and one nephew; and many close friends.

Per his wishes, his ashes will be scattered in Crab Bay, Southeast Alaska, where he spent many years hunting with his best buddies.

If you wish to make a contribution in his memory, the family suggests the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312, or the American Cancer Society, 3851 Piper St., Suite U240, Anchorage, AK 99508.

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