Dale Jones

Obituary
  • "Monsieur Jones was my high school French teacher, and I..."
    - Betsy Dozier Salomon

Dale Jones passed away on Monday, September 10, 2018, after 95 wonderful and eventful years. Dale was preceded in death by his wife, Dolores (Putnam) Jones, his parents, Allen and Eva Jones, and his sister, Lavaun Schmidt. Dale was an avid conversationalist; he was an extremely bright and modest man who loved people. One area that Dale was most proud of was his thirty seven year career as a teacher. He was a master teacher who was a supreme advocate for his students. Dale was a foreign language teacher, specializing in his love of French. Dale started his teaching career in Cedarville, CA, teaching five subjects, before moving to Sacramento, CA in 1961. He then taught five years at Encina High School before transferring to Rio Americano High School where he spent the remainder of his teaching career. Dale graduated from Willamette University after serving in World War II in Europe for three years. After graduation he studied in France at the Sorbonne University for one year on a fellowship. He then went to Cal Berkeley to get his Masters degree in foreign language. Dale was born in Oregon and raised in Longview, Washington. He is survived by this brother, Marvin Jones, sister, Elaine Cunningham, and sister, Eula Pritchard. He also is survived by numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Dale was very proud of his Jones family heritage and their journey on the Oregon Trail to settle in the Pacific Northwest. Dale was married to his beautiful wife, Dolores Putnam, in 1952. They then moved to the High Desert community of Cedarville, CA for 9 years of small-town life before moving to Sacramento. Dolores was stricken with polio as a child, and even though wheelchair bound, they took frequent trips every Sunday, to explore California. They also took frequent trips each summer for Dolores to visit her parents and brothers, Denver and Maurice in South Dakota. The couple also visited Europe for 6 weeks in 1968; this was no small task with Dolores in a wheelchair and no handicap accommodations. For the past twenty years, Dale lived at Cross wood Oaks, and has made many wonderful friends. He served on numerous committees, was the librarian, and was the unofficial greeter for new residents. Dale has touched many lives as a husband, teacher, family member, and friend. He was a true gentleman who thought civility and thoughtfulness were important attributes. He was a caring man, a giving man, and loved by all. Dale will be interred with military honors at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, Dixon, CA, on September 27th, at 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a .
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Sept. 16, 2018
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