Fishing, crabbing and shrimping occupied a lot of Bill Jones’ time. Some people would recognize him walking as he kept East Quilcene Bay Road clean. The third house he built for his family was on Quilcene Bay where he and Virginia lived until he was 92. He was constantly busy getting firewood or fixing a leaking pipe or helping his neighbors with their projects as they helped him. He and Virginia enjoyed spending time in Mexico and Palm Springs over the years to avoid the dark rains of winter. He spent most of his time recently watching sports with family and friends.
Bill was born in Anaconda, Montana and spent the first few years of his life in Rapid City, South Dakota before moving to California and later to Washington. He graduated from Bremerton High School, went into the Navy and then spent his working life as a loyal company man working for Puget Sound Power and Light Company in Poulsbo, Port Townsend and Bellingham. His sense of humor highlighted his delight in living as he frequently said, “What’s the alternative?”
He passed away peacefully with family on Sept. 15, 2020.
He is survived by his wife Virginia Jones; daughters Patricia Jones, Bobbie Lou Beckwith and her husband Michael, Chris Jones Crubaugh and her husband Thomas; son J. Deskins and wife Sheryl; Carl Deskins and his wife Sarah Lisch; Tom Deskins; and many in-laws, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His son Daniel Jones and his first wife Pat Jones preceded him in death. He will be greatly missed!
A family celebration of his life will be held when safe travel is restored.