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Dr. Lloyd George Jones


1917 - 2011 Obituary Condolences
Superintendent, Torrance Unified School District

Lloyd G. Jones passed away peacefully at home on March 6, 2011 at the age of 93 after a long illness. He was born the child of Welsh immigrants in Riverside in October 1917. He moved to Harbor City with his family at the age of one, graduating from Narbonne High School in 1936.

As a child, Lloyd was chosen to sing with William Ripley Dorr and the St. Lukes Choristers, who performed regularly at the St. Lukes Episcopal Church in Long Beach, California where he became the featured soprano soloist of the boys choir. The experience of performing, on stage and with the boys choir before large audiences of prominent people, such as William Randolph Hearst and Marion Davies, proved to be the most formative experience of his life.

As a young adult, and throughout his military service in World War II, Lloyd earned his living as a singer. He appeared at various hotels and clubs in the southland, often performing as a duet with Josephine Day. Just before World War II, he began studies at LaVerne College, known for educating teachers. He was funded by a scholarship earned by singing church music in this devoutly Christian institution. Here he met his wife Maxine who had graduated in 1941. When called to duty in the US Army, he was assigned to Special Services where he entertained troops at bases in both the United States and occupied Japan.

After the war, he completed his work at LaVerne College with a degree in history; however, thanks to the influence of a friend, a possible career in music turned into an actual career in education. The world of music's loss was education's gain. Immediately following his LaVerne graduation in 1948, Lloyd and Maxine began teaching elementary school students in the Torrance Unified School District. That was the beginning of a career which was to span a period of 30 years in the Torrance community.

He obtained his masters degree in education from USC in 1954 and in 1963 he completed his doctoral studies at USC. The now Dr. Lloyd G. Jones continued his busy advancement throughout the district as an administrator, beginning as elementary vice principal and progressing to superintendent of schools in 1971. He retired from this position in 1978.

His hobbies and interests included music, landscape design, golf and painting. He was a charter member of the Rolling Hills Country Club, just a short distance from his origins in Harbor City. He devoted the last three decades of his life to oil painting and landscape design, receiving many awards. Some of the most beautiful homes in our community bear witness to his talent for landscaping. His art decorates the walls of many, many friends and family. He enjoyed regular visits with his friends from education, including his special Wednesday group. Two of his favorite sayings were "Kindness begets kindness" and "Of those to whom much is given, much is expected".

He is survived by his sister, Mary Hunt; sons, Evan and Allan Jones; and grandsons, Christopher and William. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Maxine Dickey and daughter Carolyn (Allan's twin sister).

A special message from Lloyd to his friends: "The most important thing is to love one another and to be kind to each other. Thank you for all the joy you've brought to me over the years."

A celebration of Lloyd Jones' remarkable life will be held on March 24, 2011 at 3:00 pm at Rolling Hills Country Club, Rolling Hills Estates, California. You are welcome to leave the family a message or share memories at mcnerneysmortuary.com. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.

Published in Daily Breeze on Mar. 13, 2011
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