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Joseph W. "SMOKY" Jones Obituary
Joseph W. Jones 'SMOKY' The Train Man
Nov. 14, 1923 ~ Feb. 24, 2014
Resident of Antioch
Smoky Jones of Antioch was born in Salt Lake, Utah to parents Carlton and Trena Green Jones. He was a Merchant Marine in Pearl Harbor when it was bombed in 1941. After working to clear the harbor he returned to the mainland and joined the Navy and served in the South Pacific during WWII. Following the war he returned to family and friends in Boise, Idaho.
He met his wife Jody (Jo Ellen) while working for Idaho Power Company in Boise where they married in 1952. In 1956 they moved to Antioch for work at the new DuPont Plant where he remained for 26 years until retiring in 1982. He and his wife were avid volunteers, always working together serving the Cancer Society, Contra Costa County Food Bank, The Animal Shelter, The Antioch Historical Society, the Delta Learning Center, Riverview Garden Club and Senator Tom Torlaksons' local government office. Smoky and his wife, Jody, were nominated for Citizen of the Year in 2003 for their many charitable works.
He enjoyed being a docent at the Antioch Historical Museum with his wife and playing the antique pianos for visitors. Known as the Train Man, Smoky's home, work, hobbies and travels were all about trains.
Smoky was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Dickie Joe Jones, two sisters, Donna Covert and Frances Jorgenson, and his beloved wife of 60 years, Jody Jones. He is survived by a daughter, Marsha Habberstad (Gary), granddaughters Sherrie Silvio, Sheila Beaver and Jody Jones, all of the St. Maries area of Idaho; many nieces, nephews, cousins; sister-in-law Betty Berg and special friends Nancy Ross, Diana Torlakson and Elizabeth Rimbault.
Smoky was a member of the LDS Church. At his request no service will be held now, however, a celebration of life will be held April 12, 2014, 1 PM, at the Little Red Caboose on Fulton Shipyard Road. Your prayers are appreciated and memorial donations may be made to the Antioch Historical Society Museum or the volunteer organization of your choice.
Published in East Bay Times on Mar. 5, 2014
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