Donald E. Jones


Posted: Friday, June 04, 2004

Nikiski resident Donald E. Jones died Friday, May 28, 2004, at his residence of natural causes. He was 73.

His wish was to be cremated and buried with his parents in Redding, Calif.

Mr. Jones was born June 25, 1930, in Stronghurst, Ill. After working extensively in construction in Oregon, California and Nevada, he moved to Alaska in the early 1950s. He spent many years working for Walsh Construction Co. in the Aleutians. Before his retirement, his business card read, "Hunter, Fisherman, Trapshooter ... Sometimes Builder."

Mr. Jones was an avid outdoors enthusiast and loved to fish, hunt and trapshoot. He was a Double A trapshooter for more than 20 years and president of the Anchorage Gun Club for several years.

Known as "the dog man," Mr. Jones always had several Labrador retrievers that went everywhere with him. In recent years he also raised chickens and rabbits.

Mr. Jones is survived by his children, Jennifer Coggan of Bellingham, Wash.; Jamie Jones of Medford, Ore.; and Stephen Jones of Anchorage; grandchildren, Keith Coggan and April Coggan of Bellingham; and two great-grandchildren, Tyler Coggan and Jade Coggan of Bellingham.

"He was a generous, loving father and grandfather who was very involved in the lives of his grandchildren as they grew up in Anchorage. He was loved very much and we will miss him dearly. God bless his soul," his family said.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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