James Lawrence Jones passed away at his home in Imperial Beach Monday,
Nov. 21, 2016, at the age of 87, surrounded by the love of his family.
Jim was born Dec. 31, 1928 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to John and Guiselle (Lesmeister) Jones. At a young age, Jim and his family, including his sister Carolyn, moved to Connecticut. After his graduation from Hamden High School, Jim attended Trinity College in Hartford and graduated from there in 1950 with a degree in business administration.
Upon graduation, Jim joined the United States Air Force and was stationed in Washington State, New Mexico, and also at the Nevada Proving Grounds northwest of Las Vegas. He completed his military service and was honorably discharged in 1954 as a first lieutenant.
After his military service, Jim worked for some years in Chicago with Nalco Chemical Company before transferring to their Southern California operations as district manager. He then worked as a technical liaison with Ransom & Randolph, an investment casting firm, before joining Remet Corporation in the early 1970s as a supplier of products and technology to that industry. Jim served as vice-president and interim president with Remet until his retirement in 1994.
Jim especially enjoyed his time with the Coast Guard Auxiliary in the late 1970s. In retirement, he was active in supporting community activities in Monrovia and Imperial Beach, California. He and his wife, Nancy, spent many memorable occasions at their home on the Colorado River in Parker, Arizona, as well as traveling in their motorhome throughout the United States.
Jim is survived his wife of 34 years, Nancy Dayton. He is also survived by his daughters, Lucinda Jones of Woodinville, Washington, Robin Robertson of Huntington Beach, California, and Dee Jones of Lymington, England, and his step-sons Bryan Robinson of San Gabriel and Brent Robinson of Pasadena. Jim also leaves four grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.