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Lawrence “Don” Donahue Jones, 78, of Hamilton passed away Thursday, January 3, at home. He was born May 3, 1940, in Bremerton, Washington, the son of the late Charles F. Jones, Sr. and Mary Agnes McGinnis Jones.
Don was raised in Bremerton and graduated from West High School in 1958. After high school he served an apprenticeship at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard as a shipfitter. In 1962 he enlisted in the US Army. He spent 2 years in Germany as a Specialist 4 with the Army Security Agency working with Signals Intelligence. After the Army he received his Associate Degree from Olympic College in Bremerton and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Washington in 1969. During the 2 years he commuted by ferry boat from Bremerton to Seattle while attending the UW, he began his lifelong love of crossword puzzles. After graduation he worked in Human Resources at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard as a Personnel Management Specialist. He worked as a Labor Relations Specialist with U.S. Department of Labor in Seattle and San Francisco, and retired from the U. S. Department of Interior as a Labor Relations Officer in Gallup, NM.
Don married his wife, Jennine, on June 25, 1977, in Bothell, WA. He was a kind, loving and supportive husband.
After retirement Don, the son of a master carpenter, took up his lifelong woodworking hobby in earnest. He worked on complicated projects and models, including building a detailed scale model of the home that his brother-in-law, Allen Orr, later built for Don and his wife when they moved to Hamilton in 2002. He also enjoyed yard work. He combined his hobbies by building flower boxes, a porch swing, an arbor, and a garden that was improved yearly.
Don is survived by his wife of 41 years, Jennine, and his sister Allison Jones of Richmond Hill, GA and numerous nephews and nieces.
Pallbearers are Greg Lamont, Joe Lamont, Mike Jones, Brian Orr, Greg Orr and Colton Orr, .
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 9, at 11:00 am at the LDS Church in Hamilton, MT. A reception for family and friends will be held at the church immediately following the service. Interment with military honors will take place in Riverview Cemetery in Hamilton.