Alva Wayne Jones, 93, a lifetime resident of Prospect, passed away in his home on December 31, 2007, with his son and daughter-in-law present.
He was born January 23, 1914 in Emmett, Idaho, to Alva C. Jones and Ina Z Baker Jones.
His first job was in Emmett for Andy Little Sheep Co., working a foot burner (four head of horses and plowing a field) for $1.00 a day, plus room and board, and all the mutton he could eat.
In 1943 he married Belva Beutler, of Emmett, Idaho. They had a son, Robert W. Jones from that union. They divorced in 1955.
Wayne started his logging career in 1937 at Klamath Falls for Pelican
Bay Lumber Co., where he worked with Bud Chandler. He moved his family
to Prospect and worked for Herman Bros. Logging, Everett Skeeters
Logging Co. and Louis Biden Logging Co. In 1943, he took his family to
Seattle, Wash., where he worked as a welder in the ship yards building
"Liberty Ships" for Uncle Sam.
In 1948 he started his own
trucking company, hired 2 drivers, Walt Andresen and Leroy Draper,
hauling ties to the railroad site at Central Point. Later in 1953, he
formed a logging company and worked with his son in Northern California.
Wayne returned to the Medford Valley in 1958, and was married to Margery Conger Broomfield until her unexpected death, in 1991.
last job was on the Lost Creek Dam site. He retired from the Operating
Engineers Local #701 in 1982, and had lived in the Prospect area until
He always said in all the years he worked in the forest falling old growth trees, that he never saw a Spotted Owl!
is survived by his loving son, Robert and his wife, Mina Jones, of
Prospect; step-son, Robert Broomfield, and his wife, Donna of Eagle
Point; ex-wife, Belva Rodrigues, of Warden, Wash.; five grandchildren;
and 23 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his
wife, Margery Jones; his parents, Alva and Ina Jones; and brothers,
Casey Jones and Robert C. Jones.
At his request there will
be a private memorial later in the spring. He will be greatly missed,
but always in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.
family sends sincere thanks and gratitude to Dr. George Shultz, his
nurse, Tawnya, the many friends for their supports, and Providence
Hospice in Medford. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Alva
Wayne’s name to Providence Hospice in Medford.