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Richard D Jones 1926–2024

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Richard Jones has passed away at 97 years young. After a lifetime of leading with his heart, it finally gave out on January 21, 2024.

Richard was born with a bang on the fourth of July, 1926, in Yakima, Washington to Fay and Daniel Jones. His brother, Bob, was two years older. Sadly, Daniel died two years later, leaving Fay as a single mother to raise both boys in the Depression. Her sisters came together, took them in, and they were a strong family together.

Richard was always a hard worker, always striving to do the right thing. He was an Eagle Scout, and a speaker at his high school graduation. Days later, he enlisted in the Navy to do his part in WWII.

Richard met the love of his life, Carol Jane Hopkins, in his junior year of high school. They were married after college and enjoyed what Richard called the “American Dream” for 70 devoted years together. Working his way up from Mail Boy to Vice President all within the Pacific Power and Light Company, they moved 12 times. Within this life filled with hard work and service, they raised three children: Craig, Cynthia, and Kevin.
When Richard retired in 1984, a whole new life opened up for them, and continued for another 38 years. They built a home on the Sandy River near Welches where they enjoyed the stunning beauty of the Mt. Hood area and the local mountain community lifestyle.

Richard was secretary for the Lions Club for 20 years. They loved being active members of the Hoodland Lutheran Church, and then were blessed to be “adopted” by the loving family/community of St. John’s Catholic Church.

They resolved to take one major trip each year. Over time, they were fortunate to travel to many fascinating parts of the world, always enjoying the people they met along the way.

Richard had a wonderful sense of humor, a love of people, family and God. He is survived by his daughter, three grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and a wonderful world in which he had Great Faith.

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