The Headlight Herald, Tillamook, OR
Oct. 8, 2013
Thomas Haven Jones
Thomas Haven Jones was born Aug. 3, 1937 in McMinnville, Or to Ruth Alberta Havens Jones and Paul Edward Jones. He passed away to the next world on Oct. 6, 2013.
Tom had two siblings; a brother, William Hunt Jones and a sister, Susan Elizabeth Malmay. His family always called him by his middle name, Haven. He graduated from McMinnville High School in 1955.
In 1956, he was aboard with USS Vammen with the U.S. Navy in San Diego, Calif. He served during the Cold War and received an honorable discharge in 1960. In April of 1961, he joined the Oregon State Police and was stationed in Arlington, OR.
On Oct. 22, 1961 he met Dixie Clymer. Tom racked up more than 10,000 miles on his car traveling back and forth to date Dixie in St.Helens. Often times he experienced bad weather with snow and ice in the gorge, and every time he went to see Dixie she had tonsillitis, so it must have been true love since they remained married. They were married on March 18, 1962 and have been happily together for the 51 years since.
The two lived in a small house in Arlington, OR during the relocating and construction of the John Day Dam on the Columbia River. They were there for the flood of 1964. And their first daughter, Valerie Dalene, was born May 9, 1963 in The Dalles.
In September 1965, Tom was transferred to the Baker State Police office. On March 13, 1966, their son Craig Thomas was born and they bought their first house in Baker.
In June of 1969, Tom left the state police and went to work for State Farm Insurance as an automobile and claims adjuster in Tacoma, Wash. On Oct. 29, 1969, their daughter Tricia Dianne joined the family.
In January of 1972, Tom was transferred and during a snow storm, the family moved to Yakima, Wash. Tom and his family enjoyed the area around Yakima with hiking, camping, fishing and sledding. Tom even tried deer and elk hunting. Tom lived in Yakima at the time Mt. St. Helens erupted, which was a new experience for practically everyone – and one they were glad to never have to repeat.
In January of 1981, Tom opened an insurance claims office for Brown Bros. Insurance, in the Tri-Cities, Wash. and the family moved again. It was a very prosperous business until a corporate takeover in 1982 forced it to shut.
After that, he started studying the locksmith trade from a man in Pendleton.
In February of 1987, Dixie and Tom came to Tillamook to look at the town and shop which they knew was for sale. The two fell in love with the town. They bought the shop in 1987 and with daughter, Tricia, moved to Tillamook. Tom took over the shop with only three months of training and said it was the most rewarding position he’d ever had. Tom enjoyed working with his hands and serving the people of Tillamook county. The shop gave Tom and Dixie a chance to work together in a way many couples never get to. They ran the shop for 25 years.
In his time, Tom served on several organizations, including Kiwanis, Scouts and several school booster clubs. He enjoyed woodworking, reading, cooking, fishing, spending time with his grandchildren and traveling to museums, among other things.
Tom was preceded in death by his mother, father and older brother. He is survived by his sweetheart Dixie, daughters Valerie Stephenson of Wamic, OR & Tricia Jones of Columbus, GA, his son Craig Jones of Everett, WA, along with 9 grandchildren, his sister Susan Malmay, several nieces, nephews and cousins around the country. Donations can be made in lieu of flowers to Tom’s favorite charity Doernbecher Children’s Hospital or to the Tillamook County Library. Memorial service will be held, please call Waud’s Funeral Home for details.