Sunday, November 11, 2018

Dale Jones (1944-2018), Silver City Resident

From Forrest Jones:

Dale Gordon Jones – passed peacefully on Friday night.

Born in 1944, he was known for his engineering work, and dynamic projects.  To each, we will remember him differently.

I remember:  snow on the ground, sitting on plywood, rowing a 5 ton come-along as we moved the garage that was built in 1989. We were able to pull it slightly when we hooked 3 trucks to it, but it was too awkward.  We burnt out 3 electric winches on the truck, but driven as he was, with a sharp mind… he saw the completion and we rowed.

I remember:  watching as his vision of a bridge truss threw him into a rock twelve feet away.  He didn’t let that stop him, even though a full pallet short of concrete, he lead Mike Groves and Rudy Witschie and they carried a full pallet of Portland concrete mix up to avalanche creek to build the platform for the hydro tank. He pushed to finish the decking, mount the new hydro unit, and even today it still runs.

After his years working on removing NO2 from coal-fired power plants, he worked on commercial patents on consumer items. Today, 18 patents are attributed to him.

The list of projects, ideas, and incredible solutions continues. Remember history, grow from the thoughts, and move with that knowledge to the future.

Silver City and Mineral King were often mentioned as his “spiritual home”, and after his bouts with cancer, and the radiation he had to have on his brain, I know he missed what we get to experience every year. The friendships, the challenges, and the location give us the most unique community of friends and vibrant life experience.

Arrangements will be made for a get together in the future.