HENRY “HANK” A. JONES
Hank died November 28, 2013 in Seattle, WA at the age of 99. He is survived by his son, Henry Jones Jr.; sister-in-law, Margaret Anne (Don) Forstrom; cousins, Al, Kevin, and Leslie Jones, Margaretann Jones, Mary Lewis, Derek Owen, Martha Pyne, Pat Soderberg, Russell Patrick; nephews, Lewis Jones, Mark Forstrom, Leo and Michael Hindery; nieces, Kathy (Tim) Donges, and Maryann (Dave) Seiwerath; daughter-in-law, Signe Lindberg; son-in-law, Robert S. Clawson M.D., and many grand and great grandchildren, as well as, other relatives in the United States, and the United Kingdom. He is preceded in death by his two brothers, William “Bill” Jones and Elmer “Butch” Jones; his wife, Evelyn; his daughter, Toni Jones Clawson; and his longtime companion, Laurella Klock. Hank was born December 4, 1913 in Vancouver, Canada to William and Magdalen Lewis Jones, both Welsh immigrants, from North Wales. Hank immigrated with his parents, to the United States in 1918. They settled in Seattle, where Hank graduated from Lincoln High School and attended the University of Washington. On January 3, 1942 Hank married Evelyn Theresa Whitener (of Bellingham, Washington). Shortly after Pearl Harbor, Hank volunteered for the war effort as part of the Army’s Signal Corp, stationed in Alaska. After completing his military duty, Hank continued his studies at the University of Washington, and graduated from a college in southern California. He then returned to the Pacific Northwest, where he worked for Bonney-Watson as Director and President. He and Evelyn settled in the Seattle area to raise their two children, Henry and Toni. After almost 34 years of service, Hank retired from Bonney-Watson in 1982. Hank became well-known and respected throughout the Seattle community, always being there for people, during their greatest time of need.
In this same spirit, Hank was a longtime and passionate supporter, of philanthropic and civic organizations, such as the Masons, Elks and Shriners. Hank served all these organizations for many faithful years, actively helping people and children in need. In addition to his professional and civic callings, Hank was passionate about the outdoors. He was an avid skier, keen cyclist, sailor and yachtsman. Hank joined the Queen City Yacht Club in 1967, where he moored his long time boat, the “Sea Perch”. Hank and Evelyn would cruise many a holiday, vacation, and summer, with their children, dogs, and grandchildren, throughout Puget Sound, and waters of British Columbia, Canada. After Evelyn’s passing in 1985, Hank was often joined by Laurella Klock, who became his close companion of many years. Hank passed his love of the sea and the mountains onto his children and grandchildren. Even into his early 90’s, Hank could be seen riding his bicycle through the streets of Seattle, always giving a wave or stopping to chat with others.
As a great “believer” in people, Hank will be most remembered for his incredible humanity and caring towards others. A few people of great influence to him, were George Pocock, who was his Sunday school teacher and who taught him to row, Minister Norman Mitchell, who always referred to Hank as “Brother Jones”, and Jesuit Father Eckstein, who was a tremendous friend.
Hank’s celebration of life service will be held at Queen City Yacht Club, 2608 Boyer Ave. E., Seattle, WA 98102 on Friday, January 3, 2014, at 2pm.
Remembrances may be made to “Smile Train” and “Doctors Without Borders.”
Hoffner Fisher & Harvey
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