Everett ‘Jay’ Jones Jr
February 8, 1930 - January 31, 2020
Everett ‘Jay’ Jones Jr, much loved husband and dad passed away January 31, 2020 one week shy of his 90th birthday.
Jay was born in and lived in Douglas, Arizona all his life. Dad loved Douglas and the surrounding area.
He is survived by his wife, Joan M. Jones, who he was devoted to for over 60 years. He also leaves behind daughters, Jill Jones Forsythe (Nick), Lori Jones Stathis (John), sons Everett Jay Jones III (Laurie) and Lee Montgomery Jones (Rosie). Dad has 10 grandchildren: Justin, Jennifer, Skylar, Spencer, EJay IV, Trevor, Troy, Allie, Danielle and Lee Jr and great-grandchildren: Jayden, Hunter, Alice and Emma. He also has several nieces and nephews and his wife’s brother, Mike Montgomery. He was preceded in death by his parents, Everett J Jones Sr and Wilma Jones and his brother Jere Jones.
Dad was a devoted family man who loved being with family and who would do anything for his family, friends and community. Dad received his BA in the NROTC program at UNM in Albuquerque and his post graduate at the U of A. He proudly served aboard the destroyer USS Bausell in Korea and Formosa and the submarine, USS Sabalo in Honolulu, which is where he met his wife on Waikiki. He served in the Naval Reserves in Douglas and Tucson from 1957-1977 and retired as a Captain.
Jay Jones started work by managing the 7-Up bottling Company in Douglas, owned Arizona Travel Service in Douglas, Bisbee and Sierra Vista, Co-owned Jones Mobil Homes, and Everett J Jones insurance and Real Estate which his father founded in 1928. He was an active business man from 1957-2018 who cared about his community. Dad often walked Douglas talking to people about Douglas. From 1959-1980 He was active in bringing Cochise College to life serving as the treasurer of the committee, teaching at the new college and supporting its growth through the Century Club.
He was also a member of and served offices in the Kiwanis, the Boy Scouts of America, the Democratic Party; including being a delegate for the 1976 Democratic National Convention, Douglas YMCA, Douglas Planning and Zoning, Douglas School Board, the vestry at St Stephens, Elks, American Legion, VFW, Red Cross, Douglas Main Street Program, and the Border Air Museum which he helped develop. Through work, he was active in the Arizona Association of Independent Insurance Agents, the Surplus Lines Association, Cochise County Agents Association, Cochise County Board of Realtors, and Douglas Chamber of Commerce. Dad was a licensed Insurance agent/broker, a licensed real estate agent/broker, a real estate appraiser, a lobbyist for the Arizona Legislature.
Dad was honored to be inducted into the Arizona Insurance Hall of Fame in 1981, chosen 2011 Douglas Man of the Year and elected to be a Cochise County Supervisor. Dad was happiest when he was busy which he proved by never retiring. Jay loved growing up in Douglas from 1930 and watching it grow and develop. Dad shared his passion for his community and the area with anyone who would listen. He loved flying his family on trips around the area and to Mexico. His family also loves going to the Portal area where they have a cabin and to Mexico where he enjoyed sailing nearly every summer. Dad supported youth sports in Douglas and was proud that he and his sons participated in sports. Dad and mom loved to travel and took marvelous trips. His county, his city, his home, and his family were important and meant the world to Dad.
He will be greatly missed. The family will hold a private memorial and a Douglas memorial will be held at the Douglas Golf Club on February 22 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers please send a donation to the Douglas campus Cochise College flight program, the Douglas Border Air Museum or the Alzheimer’s foundation.