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DAIN B. LONES


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DAIN B. LONES Obituary
Dain B. Lones passed away at home in Palos Verdes during his sleep, on September 22, 2018 at the age of 98. He was born in Los Angeles on October 26, 1919, the second son of Chalmers Edwin Lones and Sylvia Rose Mardis Lones. Dain graduated from Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles in 1938, where he courted his sweetheart, Janet. He and Janet were married June 26, 1942, on the UCLA campus. He served in WWII as a Navy photographer based in Honolulu then built a career as an electro-mechanical engineer and project manager in the aerospace industry where he was involved with many NASA projects.
He was the kind of guy that could build or fix anything. He made many refracting telescopes (and ground the lenses). He built several model live steam train locomotives, some of which he ran at Griffith Park in Los Angeles. He was a ham radio enthusiast who built many homebrew radio devices. He was a lifetime camera and photography buff. He made his own bamboo fly rod by hand splitting and drying the bamboo and machining the titanium reel and line guides in his garage.

Dain restored sailboats, and sailed thousands of miles back and forth to Catalina as well as in both the Tahiti and Honolulu Transpac races. He was an avid outdoorsman, having skied Mammoth Mountain before lifts were installed. He knew every fly fishing hole in the San Gabriel Mountains and in the eastern Sierra. He loved all animals, especially kitties. Dain and Janet traveled the world together; as a lifelong learner he was fascinated with the culture of different countries. He could transport you with his stories, and make you feel special.

Dain was a true Renaissance man, but most of all he was a real family man. He was our rock and he lived his 98 years to the absolute fullest.

Dain is survived by his wife Janet Griffith Lones, his daughters Megan Lones Allen (James) and Deborah Lones Stanley (Ronald), his grandchildren Matthew David Browning, Blaine Griffith Browning, Ryan Lones Stanley (Carey), Jessica Stanley Michie (TJ), and, his great grandchildren Amy Isabella Browning, Wallace Dain Browning, Dane Bridger Stanley, Anika Jennifer Stanley, Kira Elise Stanley, Hayes Wilder Michie, Wesley James Michie, and his niece Barbara Lones Carr. He was preceded in death by his brother Chalmers Edwin Lones Jr.
His family will gather in November to celebrate his life. Memorials can be made to the Sierra Club.
Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Oct. 30, 2018
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