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Stancil Jones Obituary

Stancil G. Jones
Stancil G. Jones

August 3, 1926 - June 17, 2012
Born in Los Angeles
Resided in Cypress, CA
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Stancil George "Stan" Jones, 85, of Cypress, CA died June 17, 2012, in Newport Beach, CA, the second of three children, born on Aug. 3, 1926 to Sadie (Cleo) and Stancil Jones in Los Angeles. Stan graduated from Mt. Carmel High School in Los Angeles in 1944 where shortly thereafter he enlisted in the US Navy, trained as a radar technician and while stationed on Guam Island repaired and refurbished the electronics of many US fighting ships. Stan was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, American Area Campaign Medal and the Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal. Upon Honorable Discharge he returned home and enrolled at Northrop Aeronautical Institute.

Stan entered the Los Angeles Fire Department on Nov. 1, 1948. He served the citizens of Los Angeles proudly and distinctively for 55-½ years, a tenure of service unprecedented to this day. He promoted to Auto-Fireman, Engineer and Fire Captain, attaining 43 years of seniority as a Captain. Stan responded to some of Los Angeles' most historical fires including the 1961 Bel Air Fire, the Sansinena tanker ship explosion and fire, the Mandeville Canyon Fire, Northridge earthquake disaster, Los Angeles riots of 1965 and 1992. Stan retired from the LAFD on May 15, 2004. The last 37 years of his career were at fire stations serving the communities of San Pedro and Wilmington where he served at fire stations 49, 53, 112 and 38.

Stan was a caring man actively involved in the raising of his children. He provided support and guidance for all his children, right to the last remaining days of his life. Dad wore many hats as a father; boy scout leader, football coach, track coach and houseboat captain during adventures on Lake Powell. He enjoyed taking his children fishing, camping, hunting and back packing on many vacations he planned for the family.

Stan was quite the runner, winning events in high school track, the Firemen's Olympics and the World Senior Olympics.

Stan was preceded in death by his brother James and daughter Melanie Barber (and son in-law Casey). He is survived by his sister, Beverly Cantonwine (brother in-law Gordan); seven sons, Dory, Stancil (George) III, William, Gregory, Jeffery, John and Westlie; Five daughters, Janine, Mary, Elizabeth, Stacey, and Laura; Two step children Sheila and Rob; Former spouses, Bette of Grants Pass, OR and Mary of Orange County, CA.; 40 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 21, 2012, 3 – 7p.m. followed by a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. at McNerney's Mortuary Chapel. A Funeral Mass will be offered on Friday, 10:30 a.m. at Mary Star of the Sea Church in San Pedro followed by interment at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes. In lieu of flowers we encourage donations be made to the Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Society – Harbor Museum in San Pedro. www.lafdmuseum or call 323-4642727.

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Visitation
McNerney's Mortuary
570 W. 5th Street
San Pedro, CA US 90731
Thursday, June 21, 2012
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Service
Mary Star of the Sea Church
877 W. 7th Street
San Pedro, CA US 90731
Friday, June 22, 2012
10:30 AM
Cemetery
Green Hills Memorial Park
27501 S. Western Avenue
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA US 90275
Friday, June 22, 2012
12:00 PM