Homer Alaska - Obituaries

Story last updated at 8:27 PM on Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Thomas Reese Jones

Dec. 15, 1927-Dec. 18, 2010

Thomas Reese Jones, 83, died in his sleep on Dec. 18, 2010. Reese was born Dec. 15, 1927, to Thomas H. and Emma (Reese) Jones in Arlington, Wash. Although the couple had lived in Alaska for a number of years, they spent the first few years of Reese's life outside with family before returning to make their home in Seward in the early 1930s.

Reese and his first wife, Gloria June Woods, met while both attended Seward High School. After graduating in 1945, Reese spent two years in the U.S. Navy stationed at several locations around the country. Upon his return to Seward, he and June married on Dec. 26, 1948. They became the parents of one son and two daughters and made their home in Seward for the next 18 years.

During that time, Reese worked at various times for the Alaska Railroad, the Seward docks and running his own propane delivery business. He and a partner founded and operated City Express for a number of years, making deliveries throughout the area.

After relocating to Anchorage after the 1964 earthquake, Reese worked first as a carpenter, then as a driver for SeaLand Freight from 1970 until the mid 1990s. Reese and June divorced in 1969, and in 1970 he met and married his second wife, Betty Jean "Tina" Jones. Together they moved to Peters Creek, where they lived until Tina's death in 1997. They had planned to retire together to Seldovia, and in 2003 Reese moved to the property they had bought for that purpose. He was in the process of finishing a new home on the property at the time of his death.

Reese will be remembered dearly by his friends and family as a man who would always lend a helping hand, build a house, buy a cup of coffee and tell a pun. Over the years he enjoyed a number of hobbies such as cooking, reading, fishing, collecting model trains and socializing wherever he lived. He was famous for making friends with any dog he encountered, and in Seldovia he could often be seen getting sniffed by passing canines who knew he might have a treat in his pocket.

Reese was preceded in death by his wife, Tina Jones; his former wife, June Woods King; his parents, Thomas and Emma Jones; his sister, Carol Jones Breitenbach and her son, Michael; his son, Thomas Franklin Jones; and his stepson, Bradley Wooden.

He is survived by his daughters, Carol Carpenter of Palmer and Patsyann Jones Coburn of Issaquah, Wash.; his son-in-law, James Carpenter of Palmer; his granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Jessica and Jesse Skaggs of Palmer; his grandson, Franklin Carpenter of Seldovia; his grandson, Thomas Coburn, of Issaquah, Wash.; his grandson, Benjamin Jones Coburn of Issaquah, Wash.; and his great-grandsons, Hunter and Tyler Skaggs of Palmer; and many cousins, relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held on his property in Seldovia on June 25, 2011, and his ashes will be laid to rest at the Oddfellow's Cemetery in Seward. For information, please contact Carol Carpenter at 8060 S. Ivanhoe, Palmer, AK, 99645; or Patsyann Jones Coburn at patsyannjones@live.com.