Jones, Gerald "Wimpy"
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Gerald Wiley Jones Sept 22 1920- Dec 31 2013. Gerald passed away peacefully in Phoenix AZ surrounded by loved ones at the age of 93. Gerald "Wimpy" Jones was born on the Allison Ranch where his family lived in Mesa AZ, Sept. 22nd, 1920. He attended Mesa High School before earning his BA at Arizona State College (Arizona State University) He then entered the Coast Guard during World War II, where he served near Baltimore, Long Beach and San Diego. Gerald met and then married the love of his life Mary Louise Jones Dec 23nd 1943 and had six children. He taught school and coached at four different high schools: Duncan, Coolidge, Phoenix Union and Maryvale. He coached 4 teams to the state championship during the 1950's and 60's. Besides his passion for High School Sports, he was one of the greater softball pitchers in Arizona history, his credentials include three perfect games including one in which he struck out 21 batters. He had 45 no hitters and participated in 10 world championship tournaments in a 31 year career and making it into the Hall of Fame for the AZ Softball Foundation along with the Mesa Sports Hall of Fame, and the AZ coaches' Hall of Fame. Gerald joined his wife Mary Lou for her first Birthday celebration in heaven on New Year's Eve December 31 2013 Gerald requested the family make her "Angel" food cake for her birthday and little did we know he had plans of joining her as an angel as well. Gerald was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to many. He always had amazing stories to tell of his younger years and was always cracking jokes. He will forever be missed. Gerald is survived by his children Gerald Michael Jones (Jane), Ronald Jones (June), Jeri Finn (Tim), Susan Brown (Joe), Janice Guido (Jim) and Brent Jones (Julie) along with 26 grandkids, 47 great grandkids and 1 great great grandchild and his brother Paul . He was preceded in death by his loving wife Mary Louise Jones, his parents Orren Cloyd Jones and Carmenetta Lemmon, his sister Mary Lois, his brothers Walt and Earl Jones and grandson Rob Jones. Funeral services will be at the LDS Church, 5033 N 38th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85019 at 10am with a viewing at 9am on Saturday, January 4, 2014. Interment will be at Phoenix Memorial Park, 200 Beardsley Rd Phoenix AZ 85027
Published in The Arizona Republic on Jan. 3, 2014