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Wyman Jones Obituary
December 17, 1929 - October 9, 2017 Wyman Jones, 87, Los Angeles City Librarian from 1970-1990, passed away in Portland, Oregon, on October 9th, 2017. A celebration of life with immediate family was held in Portland. Wyman was born December 17, 1929 in Saint Louis, Missouri, to Hugh and Marie (Dallas) Jones, and raised an only child. From an early age, Wyman's favorite pastimes were playing piano and performing magic tricks for his southern Illinois relatives, and once he got to college his focus on those things, as opposed to studying, resulted in his matriculation, and departure, from a number of Saint Louis area colleges. Wyman ended up in the Air Force in Texas, where he served as the director of the marching band and lead piano man and vocalist in the Bryan Air Force base officers' club jazz band. Wyman met the lovely base librarian, Janet Grigsby, of Palestine, Texas, when his many overdue books went delinquent, they married soon thereafter, and in the next few years came their first two sons, Greg and Mark. Wyman, also a talented writer, spent time in the Iowa Writer's Fiction Workshop, then moved on to earn an MA in Library Science at the University of Texas, Austin. Wyman took his first librarian job in Dallas, he and Janet produced two more sons, Manson and Ross, and eventually Wyman became the director of the Fort Worth, Texas library system. In 1970, on the strength of Wyman's leadership skills and expertise in branch library development, he was offered and accepted the job as the Los Angeles City Librarian. He and his family lived in Palos Verdes for the rest of his busy career. When not working, Wyman's favorite place to hang out was the Magic Castle. Wyman loved reading and learning and took great pride in helping disseminate books to the people of Los Angeles. Both the biggest setback and challenge of his career came after the arson fires at the Central Library in 1986. Wyman was forever thankful to the members of the Downtown L.A. business and political community, the entertainment and movie industry, the Los Angeles Lakers, the library board, and countless others who helped raise the funds to rebuild the new Central Library. Wyman is survived by his former wife, Janet (San Diego), and four sons: Greg and wife, Karen (La Jolla) and grandsons Matthew and Austin; Mark and wife, LaVonne (Morgan Hill), grandsons Jeffrey and Drew, granddaughter, Melinda and great-grandsons Kaiden and Adrien; Manson and wife, Susie (Pacific Palisades), grandson, Otis, and granddaughter, Mabel; and Ross (Ashland, Oregon).
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Nov. 11 to Nov. 12, 2017
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