Johnny Jones, 1938-2014


Johnny Jones passed away peacefully in his sleep June 15, 2014. He was born September 20, 1938 and raised in Chico, California, the oldest son of Albert and Marie (Palmer) Jones.

Johnny went to work for the California Division of Forestry (now Cal Fire) after high school in 1956. He met and married Corliss Purse in April of 1958, moving to El Dorado County where they lived in Auburn and Coloma and started a family.

The family then moved to Amador County, where they lived in Jackson and River Pines. In 1966, Johnny quit the CDF and partnered with a friend in a trucking partnership, working in the woods before applying for the CHP Academy.

He graduated from the Academy in April of 1967 and was assigned to the Crescent City office, so he moved his young family to Del Norte County.  Johnny retired from the CHP in September of 1993.

He tried commercial fishing for a couple of years and was the morning bartender at the Turf Club for several years.  A bout with cancer in 2003 slowed him down but didn’t stop him from spending time as a volunteer at the VFW canteen and in the kitchen on dinner nights.

Johnny’s survived by his wife Corliss, daughter Cori Renfro; Connie Ricks; sons John, Jim, Brian and Darin. He was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughters Sarah Jones and Tawny Renfro, and sister Joy Williams.

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