JONES Commander DAVID A. JONES USN (Ret.) David Allan Jones, Commander (Cdr.), United States Navy, age 71, passed away on March 7, 2014 from melanoma cancer of the lung. David, son of the late Alva Jones and Vera Seevers Jones, was born in Akron, Ohio, October 16, 1942. He is survived by, his wife of 42 years, Elizabeth Cheek-Jones and their son Lindsey Ashok Ray Jones of Statesville, NC. Additionally, his beloved in-laws, Linda and John Hall, Jr., and Shirley and Tom (deceased) Cheek. David was one of five children. His siblings are Linda Faye Carswell, Michael Jones, Bertha May Cavin and Noreen Kay Jones who preceded him in death. David graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1965 and upon completing ROTC was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. He served a series of assignments as a Communications Officer and Surface Warfare Officer at various shore stations and aboard numerous ships. He is a Vietnam Veteran. He attended Naval Post Graduate School where he earned a Master of Science Degree in Electronics Engineering. During his naval career, he was Commander of the USS Engage and Commander of U.S. Naval Communications Station Diego Garcia, in the Indian Ocean. Cdr. Jones distinguished career in the Navy and America's Space Shuttle program gave him pride and joy for his life's work. He was decorated with The Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, 2 Bronze Stars, Humanitarian Service Medals and letters of Commendation for many different Shuttle Missions. His last military assignment was with the Joint Staff at the Pentagon in Washington, DC through 1986, after which David retired from the Navy. He then continued serving his country in the Defense Sector by joining ITT Industries where he spent nineteen years as a satellite communications engineer and Vice President with this company, working primarily in support of America's Space Shuttle program. He retired from industry and moved to Mooresville, NC in 2006. David was a well-respected Church Elder at First Presbyterian Church in Annandale, VA. and served on committees at First Presbyterian Church in Mooresville, NC. While raising his son, he also engaged in community activities, such as a youth leader in church and coaching youth sports and adventure programs. Cdr. Jones and wife Elizabeth, former White House Clinton Administration Staff, resided in Burke VA, thirty years, where he also enjoyed participating in many events at the White House during this period. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Your Local Animal shelter/Humane Society, or . A visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cavin-Cook Funeral Home in Mooresville, NC. A memorial service will be on Thursday, March 13, at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Mooresville, with Rev. Michael McDowell officiating. Burial with full military honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia on a later date to be announced. As this great American departs on his final voyage, family and friends wish David fair winds and following seas. Cavin-Cook Funeral Home and Crematory, Mooresville, NC is serving the Jones family. Condolences may be made to the family at www.cavin-cook.com

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Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 9, 2014