Harrence Dewey Jones
July 10, 1923 – July 6, 2020
Harrence Dewey Jones, devoted husband and father, passed away peacefully in Boulder on July 6, 2020 four days before his 97th birthday. His wife of 65 years, Patricia (Pat) was by his side. Nearby were the caring staff of Sunrise of Boulder and Elevation Hospice. Dewey was born July 10, 1923 in Wichita Falls, Texas to parents Harence D. and Reba Guthrie Jones.
Dewey served in World War II as a Flight Engineer on a U.S. Air Force B-29 bomber. He achieved the rank of Second Lieutenant. Following military service Dewey attended and graduated from Purdue University’s School of Engineering. A talent for aircraft mechanics and mathematical acumen launched his 40-year career as a professional Mechanical Engineer. Dewey’s endless fascination for how things work made him stand out as a meticulous and thorough engineer.
He moved to Columbus, Ohio to work for North American Rockwell and met Pat at a YMCA dance. In 1954 Dewey converted to Catholicism in order to marry the love of his life. They launched and maintained a manufacturing representative business together for 20 years while simultaneously raising their four children Terry, Bruce, Kathleen and Randy.
In 1981 they relocated to Colorado and ultimately chose Boulder for their new home. Dewey worked as an engineer at University of Colorado Boulder until retirement in 1992. He was known by colleagues, friends and neighbors as an intelligent, honest, helpful, hard-working man who also happened to have a keen mind for politics and current events. Every day began with the reading of two newspapers and he rarely sat down until dinnertime.
Dewey was an accomplished fine woodworker, avid gardener, arborist and energy conservationist. He was a prolific amateur photographer and took great joy in photographing his family. Dewey also loved the theatre, classical music, show tunes and (when Pat wasn’t listening) occasional country music. At the age of 93 Dewey’s neighbors witnessed his defiance of “father time” by clearing 18 inches of April snowfall from two Boulder driveways with a 350 pound snow blower. To say he was a man of strength and determination is an understatement.
Dewey is survived by his wife, Pat, his children, Terry and Gail Jones (Parnes) of Franktown, CO; Bruce Jones and his wife Donna Chesteen of Orlando, FL; Kathleen Jones and Susan Rubin of Ewing, NJ and Randy Jones and Lisa Omori-Jones of Louisville, CO; seven grandchildren: Justin, Caitlin, Ryan, Clint, Kailey, Erika and Kaeo, step grandchild, Sadie; 14 nieces and nephews, and one great granddaughter, June. He will be remembered and missed by all whose lives he touched. Please join Dewey’s family in honoring him by cherishing loved ones, being a trusted friend and neighbor, and being grateful for life itself.
Due to current pandemic restrictions a private Catholic burial will be celebrated for immediate family at Crist Mortuary on July 17, along with interment of his ashes.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Harrence Dewey Jones
August 5, 2020
I heard today of Deweys passing and was saddened. Over the years I heard many good stories and always looked forward to our get together. I will also miss him and my prayers go out to the family.
July 16, 2020
You will surely be missed by those who loved you. You were a caring father to me and my brothers and sister.
Some of my fondest memories of you are those associated with my childhood. You introduced me to the great outdoors and to a lifetime of love and respect for all that it offers us.
You taught me, when I was probably eight or nine, the virtue of being truthful. I remember you caught me in a lie, although I no longer recall the exact infraction. Rather than punishing me outright, you instead chose to create a learning moment by telling me the (probably mythical) story of President George Washington, who wrongly chopped down a cherry tree and admitted to doing so (because he could not tell a lie). I immediately changed my story to align it with the truth and with our great first president. I recall your reinforcing the virtues of being truthful by telling me that you were proud of me for being truthful and then invited me to pick out a nice apple tree seedling (cherries don't grow well in Ohio) and letting me help plant it in the northeast corner our backyard. I remember the wonderfully sweet, pleasantly tart taste of those apples. With every bite I was reminded of the virtue of being truthful.
I love you and surely miss you. You were a good father to me, a much-loved grandfather of my children and a wonderful husband to my mother. I will remember you fondly.
With lasting love, gratitude and respect,
July 16, 2020
I have the fondest memories of my Papa Dewey and Grandmother Pat showing me around Colorado during my summer visits as a kid. One of my favorite trips was one we took up Pikes Peak by cog railway. Papa Dewey would often treat us to really nice lunches or dinners after our daytime adventures out and he'd guide the table conversations and had a larger-than-life laugh when something got him going that I always found to be contagious and so lovable. He was so generous with his time and knowledge.
Last summer, I revisited my teenage tradition and visited my grandparents in Colorado. We had a great dinner at their house and after eating, Papa Dewey pulled his wallet out and with the sweetest smile showed me all the photos of his grandkids that he still to that day kept in his wallet ever so neatly and closely. It was a profoundly tender and special moment for me to see his sincere love for his family shine like that. I love you and will remember you dearly, Papa Dewey.
July 14, 2020
We send our love and condolences to Grandmother Pat Jones and her very dear and beautiful extended family.
From Jane and Bill in Columbus Ohio
July 10, 2020
Papa Dewey lived such a full life. He was accomplished and hard working until the end. He never missed an opportunity to wow people. He raised 4 awesome children and was so loving to my Grandmother Pat for so long. I am grateful to have learned from someone like him who always had a good, healthy perspective on life. Dustin and I are both very grateful for the last few years of getting to spend time with you. Hope you will rest in peace, Papa Dewey.
July 10, 2020
Dewey’s 95th Birthday, July 2018
July 10, 2020
Although you left your physical body just four days ago, your spirit remains strong and clear in my heart and mind.
You could be so funny when not even trying. I remember being in Boulder two years ago for your 95th birthday week, and we were discussing the reality that you would not live forever. You emphatically exclaimed "the trouble with living is that we have to die!" You were absolutely annoyed with this predicament.
Well Dad, you were only partially right. Because you were such a big loving man of amazing character, you do live forever in my heart!
Happy 97th birthday this July 10, 2020!
Your daughter Kathleen