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Earl Desmond Jones

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 11th, 2012

Earl Desmond Jones, 86, died Friday November 23, 2012 at home in Grants Pass, OR where he retired in 1987.

“Des” was born September 13, 1926 on Green Valley Road in the family home of his great grandparents, Darius and Ann Caudill Wheelock who built the home. His grandmother, Laura Wheelock was born in the same home in 1873. Velma, his mother was also born in 1903 in the same house and married Earl James Jones. His grandmother married Ralph Eveland and they had their 5 children in the same home. His family raised apples on the flats of Green Valley Road and apricots on Wheelock hill. His great Uncle Chester Eveland owned and grew apples where the Gizdich Ranch is now.

“Des” attended the two room Green Valley School and later WatsonvilleHigh School where he quit, joining the navy during WWII. He enlisted in 1943 and was honorably discharged July 18, 1946. He served in the Sea Bees in the Philippines where he learned heavy equipment operation. While there, they constructed an air-base by joining two islands together. After finishing, he was sent to Tsing-Tao, China for the duration of the war.

In 1949 he married Mary Miller, who survives, plus one son, David Jones of Vacaville, CA; 3 daughters, “Punky” Travalini of Grants Pass OR, Robin Petta of Redding CA, and Kim Laird of Georgetown CA; plus spouses, 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grands

“Des” was a Teamster, first local 912 in Watsonville, then 30 years for local 315 in Richmond, CA where he was a fork lift operator for United Grocers.

He especially enjoyed his great-grandkids, driving his 1942 Ford tractor through his small orchard and being a Christian, reading his Bible every day. He was a member of Redwood Country Church and Fruitdale Grange.

His grandparents Laura and Ralph Eveland plus their 5 children were charter members of the First Baptist Church in Watsonville, CA. His Uncle Darius Eveland who raised him, was the last charter member to pass away in 1988.

“Des” was preceded in death by a sister, Adele McCarter, his birth parents, and his Aunt Jane and Uncle Darius Eveland.

Chapel of the Valley, Grants Pass OR was in charge of the arrangements. “Des” was laid to rest at the Veteran’s Cemetary in Eagle Point OR with full military honors, conducted by Chaplain Mark Dalton.

For the complete article see the 12-13-2012 issue.

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