Ronald J. Jones passed away peacefully at his home in Pagosa Springs on Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, after a courageous battle with leukemia. He was 78.
Born in San Jose, Calif., to Wilbert and Dora Jones, he lived in Morgan Hill, Calif., on the family ranch for 56 years. He attended the Morgan Hill schools, where he graduated and then began working part time for the school district and then full time, while still operating the family ranch, raising prunes, chickens and then walnuts. For the school district, he started as part-time bus driver, became full time, and worked his way up through many positions until he became supervisor of maintenance, operations and transportation. In 1986, he took an early retirement and moved up to McCloud, Calif., in 1987, where he was able to continue his enjoyment of square dancing and golfing.
In 1993, he and his future wife, Julia, purchased Pagosa Riverside Campground, which fulfilled his dreams of “being on the other side of the counter.” The campground brought him great joy. His big friendly smile greeted the campers; his enthusiasm and willingness to help others was his way of making their stay enjoyable. Ron’s love for God was evident by his caring attitude for others. Like Jesus, Ron never knew a stranger.
He also loved to sing, and throughout his life was active in local church choirs, particularly the Presbyterian Choraleers in Morgan Hill, a much-requested group for community events. While in Pagosa, he became active in the Celebration Choir.
Ron served in the 382nd Division of the U.S. Army Reserve, Heavy Maintenance Division. He was also a member of the San Martin, Calif., Lions Club.
He is survived by his wife, Julia; brother John and spouse Kay, of Danville, Calif.; daughters Debbie Brown (Daniel), of Gilroy, Calif.; DeAnn Ball (Terry), of Dayton, Nev.; and son Darryl Jones (Deanna), of Burney, Calif. Ron was much loved and will be greatly missed.
Memorial service will be held Sunday, March 7, 2010, at Mountain Heights Baptist Church in Pagosa Springs, at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice, Celebration Choir, or the charity of your choice.