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Douglas Alan Jones served more than 20 years in the Army, and then began a second career as a civilian government instructor at Fort Sam Houston. During that time he found a place in the Army family, marrying another career soldier and raising a daughter - at times on his own when they were stationed apart. He lost his battle to cancer April 16, 2014 at age 56. Doug was born March 23, 1958 in Wabash, Indiana. He joined the Army in 1986 and trained as a combat medic. He met his wife, Annette, when both were enrolled in advanced medical training in San Antonio, and married in 1989. Duty assignments included California, Germany, Georgia, Honduras, Texas, Korea, Colorado and both the Kuwait Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom War. Their daughter Samantha was born in 1994. Doug retired from active duty as first sergeant in 2006, with a long list of honors that included a Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medal, and a B.S. from Chicago College. After retiring in San Antonio, he then worked as a trainer/instructor to new military officers until retiring in 2013. Doug was an active Mason and San Antonio Corvette Association member. He was full of life and love always helping many people in need. He loved working on cars, restoring a 1981 Corvette that belonged to his father and adapting a Mini Cooper for racing. An avid rider, Doug also enjoyed many early mornings out in the open roads on his Harley Fatboy. He loved his family, NASCAR racing, college sports and animals. In addition to his wife and daughter, Doug is survived by his parents, Robert Eugene Jones and Alberta Rae Jones; brothers, Steve Jones and Bob W. Jones; and sister, Angi Jones, all of Bedford, Indiana; nephew, Bobby Jones of Houston and niece, Courtney Jones of Indiana. The family will receive friends from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at Porter Loring Mortuary North.
MONDAY, APRIL 28, 2014
PORTER LORING NORTH CHAPEL
2102 NORTH LOOP 1604 EAST
Interment, with Full Military Honors, will follow in Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.
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Published in Express-News on Apr. 25, 2014