Don "Sonny" Jones (1929 - 2013)

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Don "Sonny" Jones passed away at his homestead in Kasilof-Soldotna, Alaska, on Sept. 6, 2013.
He was born in Seattle on Nov. 4, 1929 to Ellen Johnson Jones of Swansonville, Wash., and William N. Jones of Georgia. Sonny was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Betty Jones Choyce of Cle Elum and Marrowstone Island. He is survived by his son Donnie Jones and his nephew and niece, Jeff and Karen Choyce.
Sonny was raised in western Washington from Seattle and Ballard to Swansonville and Port Ludlow.
He was an Alaskan pioneer, homesteading his property in the 1950's, where he lived until his passing.
Sonny was a proud Korean War Veteran enlisting from Cle Elum, Wash., and serving overseas. Sonny worked in the Ronald, Wash., coal mines in his young life and was a lifetime member of The International Union of Operating and Engineers; working on Amchitka in the Aleutian Islands, The Alaskan Pipeline and the North Slope of the Alaskan oil fields at Prudhoe Bay. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and he loved old cars, motorcycles, ships and lighthouses and was an enthusiastic Harley rider, a beachcomber and metal detector hobbyist, collecting everything of Alaskan history. He drove the Alcan countless times from Soldotna to Seattle and onto Sturgis and all the way to Georgia, too. He was a true Alaskan pioneer in style and spirit and loved a good game of pinochle with his Alaskan buddies. He maintained his cousin connections in Georgia and his hometown connections to Port Ludlow, visiting last September and spending many retirement winters close to his sister, Betty, at his Marrowstone Island second home. He will be buried near his dear sister and their beloved mother in Cle Elum, Wash.
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Sept. 22, 2013
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