Leo Paton Jones 1923 – 2013
Leo Paton Jones was born on June 28, 1923 in Morehouse, MO and passed away peacefully on August 26, 2013 in Edmonds, WA. Leo was predeceased by his parents Robert Northlett Jones and Ruth Jeannette Jones and all five of his siblings. He is survived by his wife Mary; his sons Michael (Carolyn) and David (Tami); and his grandchildren Chris, Nick, Sydney, Claire and Vera.
He was raised in S. E. Missouri and endured many hardships there including living in poverty, the death of his mother in 1934, and picking cotton. In 1942, he moved to San Francisco with his eldest sister and her husband, making good on his vow never to live again in a state that grew cotton.
After working for a few months in the Kaiser Liberty shipyards, Leo was drafted into the US Army. He served as a Medic and Ambulance Driver in WW II. He survived the “Battle of the Bulge” and was captured by German forces late in the war. Afterwards, he returned home to Oakland, CA where he married Mary Lee Jones on January 1, 1947. He had known Mary as a child in Morehouse and they were able to celebrate 66 wonderful years of marriage.
Leo began married life as a shoe salesman for Gallen Kamps but was quickly promoted to store manager in Stockton, CA. He was called up for the Army again during the Korean conflict but was only assigned to a stateside job in Washington state. After this tour of duty, he managed to get into the insurance business where he served many hundreds of customers with pride until his retirement in 1986. Mike and Dave were born (1953 & 1958) in Stockton. The family moved to Washington state in 1961, settling in Seattle in 1962.
Leo was the best Father and Husband anyone could ever ask for. He showed us all the right path, but forgave us when we strayed. He went back to college after he retired to finish his high-school diploma and was so proud of that achievement and of his family. They don’t make ‘em like that any more. He will be missed by many.
A memorial service will be held at Maplewood Presbyterian Church in Edmonds on Sunday, September 15, at 1:30 PM.