Alfred Curtis Jones
April 18, 1920 - March 11, 2011
SALEM - Al Jones was born in Chanute, Kansas. He married Mildred Lowrey in 1946. She preceded him in death in 2005. Al attended Pittsburg Teachers College in 1940-41 enlisting in the Army immediately after the Pearl Harbor attack. He served 51 months in the infantry in the South Pacific, fighting in the Philippines where he was awarded the Purple Heart. He continued his service in the Army Reserves, retiring as a Lt. Col.
In 1947, Al graduated from the Univ. of Missouri with a degree in journalism. He was sports editor in Nampa and Boise, Idaho from 1947-53, and the Capital Journal in Salem, OR from 1953-57. Al, or A.C. to his many friends, continued reporting and writing feature articles for the Capital Journal until his retirement in 1980.
Always on the go, he continued his work as Administrative Asst. to State Historical Properties until 1988. Al was past President of Marion Co. Historical Society, and was known as the expert in local history in Salem and Marion County, authoring many publications. He compiled numerous historical slide shows to present to community groups and organizations around the Salem area. In 2002 he was awarded the Vern Miller Key Citizen award.
Alfred's love of people was evident in his nature, acts of kindness and volunteer work. He was very active in the church, attending First Christian Church and was a tenor in the choir.
Survivors include sons, Jeffrey C. and Todd A. Jones; daughter-in-law, Melissa Jones; granddaughters, Amy Jones and Katie Gravdahl; and two great-granddaughters.
A Memorial will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 19 at First Christian Church, 685 Marion St. NE, Salem.
Contributions may be made in his honor to the Willamette Heritage Center.
Published in The Statesman Journal on Mar. 17, 2011.