March 6, 1948 – Jan. 25, 2011
John W. Jones of Davis — father, son, brother, uncle, scoutmaster, police officer, fraternal adviser and congressional candidate — passed away Jan. 25, 2011, at the age of 62.
John was born and raised in the Mission District of Santa Barbara, son of Elmer, the Santa Barbara County Surveyor, and Charlotta, a beautician. John loved music and played trumpet in the high school orchestra and, eventually, the French horn. “Jumpy” John graduated from San Marcos High School in 1966.
A lifetime member of the Boy Scouts, he earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1961, received the God and Country award, and became a member of the Order of the Arrow. After serving as a scoutmaster in Santa Barbara for two years, he began a 12-year tenure as scoutmaster of Troop 66 in Davis. He proudly guided 34 boys to the rank of Eagle Scout and later served for 13 years as chairman and director of the Golden Empire Council’s High Adventure Training Team. He scoutmastered two troops to the National Jamboree in 1993 and 1997. He was awarded the Wood Badge in 1987 and Silver Beaver in 2000 for Distinguished Service to Youth.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UC Santa Barbara in 1970 and soon began a career in law enforcement with the UCSB Police Department. He served the community on foot and bicycle patrols and initiated California’s first Community Service Officer Program, a model for programs throughout California, for which he earned the H. Thomas Guerry Distinguished Service Award in 1973.
John transferred to UC Davis Police Department in 1977 and soon initiated a bicycle patrol program, helping bring law enforcement closer to the student community and quickly developed a reputation as a problem-solver and good guy. In parallel with his work and Scouting activities, he served as an advisor to Alpha Phi Omega, a public service fraternity, and received their chapter and sectional Distinguished Service keys. He served several years as President of the Police Officers’ Association. While continuing his career, he undertook part-time graduate studies at UC Davis, earning an MBA in Administration in 1989.
He married in 1973 and his daughter, Carolyn, was born in 1978. Divorced in 1981, he never remarried and continued to be an important part of Carolyn’s life, supporting her many activities including her bachelor’s degree in agricultural (biosystems) engineering from UCD in 2001 and her career as an engineer with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Davis and Napa County during which she earned Professional Engineering licenses in Agricultural and Civil Engineering.
When he retired from UC Davis in 2002 after 31 years of service, he became active in local politics. He participated on the Yolo County Republican Party Committee, serving as Davis Republican Precincts Operations Manager and Voting Member of the California Republican Party. He was recognized with the County Party Chair’s Award for his efforts and activism in getting Precinct Operations in Davis functional and effective. John ran an admirable but unsuccessful bid for Congress in 2006 in California’s District 1.
He lived his life being trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.
He is survived by his daughter, Carolyn M. Jones of West Sacramento; older brothers Elmer L. Jones Jr. and Robert E. Jones Sr., both of Santa Barbara; nieces and nephews Elmer Jones III, Richard Jones, Aimee Aartman, Darby Jones, Robert Jones Jr., Cynthia Burritt, Laetitia Anderson and Morgan Le Riche; and their children. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer L. Jones Sr. and Charlotta O. Jones.
A memorial celebration is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, March 4, at the Veterans’ Memoral Center, 201 E. 14th Street in Davis. If you would like to speak at the service, please contact Carolyn at [email protected] The family requests that remembrances be made to the Golden Empire Council of the Boy Scouts of America in lieu of flowers.