July 16, 1927 - June 9, 2014 Jonas Store passed away June 9, 2014. Born July 16, 1927 in Norway to Harald and Astrid Store, Jonas Store lived a life full of adventure, family, hard work and public service. Jonas loved his wife of 62 years. They met at University of Washington and moved to Newport Beach in the early 60's to raise their three daughters. Jonas won a seat on the Newport Beach City Council in 1972. Among his accomplishments as a city councilman was his work with others to successfully end a plan to put a freeway through Corona del Mar. After graduating in 1953 from the University of Washington, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Jonas founded his own consulting firm. The firm became Store, Matakovich & Wolfberg (SMW) in 1969 and grew to become the largest engineering firm west of the Rockies. Jonas was active in many professional organizations. He was a past President of the Mechanical Engineers Association of SoCal; former Board member of the Southern California Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). He served on the Board of Directors of the County of Orange Sanitation District and on the Orange Coast College Foundation Board of Directors. Jonas loved the ocean and owned several boats that he kept at the Balboa Bay Club and Balboa Yacht Club in Newport Beach. Notably, Jonas restored a Norwegian Rescue Vessel, the Oscar Tybring, a 42 foot ketch designed by Colin Archer. Jonas is survived by his wife, Marit, his daughters and their husbands Solveig and Dan Deuprey, Astrid and Enrique Brintrup and Linda-Kari and Peter Bretschger along with eight grandchildren Jennifer Deuprey Stanchak, Danny Deuprey, William Deuprey, Jon Enrique Brintrup, Cristian Brintrup, Marita Brintrup, Peter Bretschger Jr., Christopher Bretschger and one great grandson, Tomas Brintrup. A private ceremony is planned for the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Jonas can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 17992 Mitchell South, Suite 100, Irvine, CA, 92614.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on June 14, 2014