OBITUARY

Brian Andrew Jones

July 19, 1945November 7, 2013

The love of my life’s boots are finally off the ground and the nightmares of war have been laid to rest. Brian Andrew Jones was born to Jean D. Burns and Andrew Jones July 19, 1945 in San Francisco. He passed away November 7, 2013. Brian is pre-deceased by his father Andrew and younger brother, Bruce. Brian had a wonderful childhood, playing with his friends in the projects and being a big part of the Boy’s Club where he was taught to swim, fish, carve and learn a lot of life’s lessons. An excellent swimmer, he served as a life guard during the summers.

After graduation Brian moved to Reno and was working for the phone company when Uncle Sam came a beckoning. He was serving in Alaska when the big earthquake hit Fairbanks, and his Unit was a part of the clean up. When his tour of duty was over, the Vietnam conflict was in full gear, so he and three buddies thought they should re-up and Kick butt. April 25, 1967 Brian received his 1st Purple Heart, and was right back in the thick of things when the 2nd Purple Heart and Bronze Star with V Device were received. These wounds not being serious enough to keep him down, he went back again, receiving a third Purple Heart on July 26, 1967. This life threatening incident sent him home for treatment and life as he had known was changed forever. After months in hospitals Brian was well enough to be assigned for service in Germany where he was a part of the Military Police. He and his wife Gloria made their home there until when nine and one half months later, a grand mal seizure revealed the fact that his wounds from Viet Nam included serious traumatic brain injuries. Back in the states, and under treatment at Madigan Army Hospital for many months, Brian was diagnosed as 100% service connected disabled, and was retired from service with an honorable discharge. The trials and tribulations of all this ended his marriage with Gloria, but they were blessed with a precious daughter Jana Marie, who was born November 4, 1968 at Fort Ord in California.

Brian moved to Tacoma, WA where in enrolled at Tacoma Community College and got involved with the local Boy’s Club. He met Judy Grassman at a party, and it was truly love at first sight for them both. They were married at the duck pond in Point Defiance Park in Tacoma on March 5, 1977, and Brian, Judy, and her two daughters Lori and Terri became a family which shared great love for each other. Brian was accepted into Judy’s family and loved as one of their own. He was a kind and gentle man who loved having fun; but most especially, being part of a loving family. He tried doing the best for everyone and took care of the obstacles before him as best he could There was tremendous happiness but a condition called PTSD began to rear its ugly head. The couple coped with this disorder, still managing to live as a loving family. After moving to Fresno in 1982, many events began taking place. Judy’s Dad who was Brian’s best friend and fishing buddy passed away, PTSD began taking a greater hold, and the mental decline began moving at a greater speed. In 2010 while stopped at a stop light, Brian was rear ended. This crash was the final beginning of the end.

Brian was a life member of VFW Post 5057, MOPH Unit 106, VVA Chapter 933, DAV Chapter 1, the Military Order of the Cooties and the 25th Infantry Division. In the VFW Brian served as Post Commander, Post Chaplain, and Post Adjutant/Quartermaster. He was District 11 Commander in 1999-2000, earning an All American White Cap.

Brian is survived by his mother Jean Jones of Walnut Creek, his wife of 36 years, Judy, his daughter Jana Jones of Vancouver, WA, daughter Lorene Strand of Yukon, OK, daughter Terri Pothier of Tacoma, WA, half-brother Jerry Jones of Reno, NV, half-sister Andrea Crouch and step mother Lynn Jones of Elko NV. Nine grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Veterans Memorial Museum, 2425 Fresno Street, Fresno, CA 93721, or the donor’s favorite charity.

A very special man, Brian Andrew Jones. A true patriot of the United States of America gave his life long before his life was ended.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, November 11, 2013
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, November 12, 2013
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Adam Jones

November 13, 2013

My condolences to Judy and family. What a sad time, and my heart goes out to all who loved him.

Marsha Jones

November 13, 2013

Sending hugs and love Judy and family. Brian will always be remembered with his deep love for family. Love you.

Gloria Schultz

November 12, 2013

Blessings to Brian's family and friends. My deepest condolences. May God's favor bring you peace and love.

Gloria Schultz
Sister-In-Law to Jerry Jones

Brian Connor

November 12, 2013

B.J., As my Brother in Law, and good friend, as well as our both being former military and therefore able to relate to one another, I am truly sorry for this outcome and now can only wish that I had been there to help you through this time of trouble. You were truly a great individual and you will never be judged but rather will be missed in my heart and head forever!

November 12, 2013

Brian may you rest in peace with the Lord. My prayers to the family and friends who knew Brian. Bert and Reta Butler

Jerry Jones

November 12, 2013

My dear brother Brian, I am so blessed to have you for a brother. You taught me important things like how to talk to girls and to look "cool" while cruising Virginia St.( I'm still amazed you let me tag along!) You taught me about love of family and I'm so grateful you found the love of your life Judy. I have a vision in my head that you, Dad and Judy's Dad are fishing in "heavens lake"!!! I love you!

Debbie Cegelis

November 11, 2013

You will always hold a special place in my heart. You are one of the most caring persons I know and you welcomed all without judgement. I will miss your amazing kindness and crazy sense of humor most. We love and miss you.

Connie Best

November 11, 2013

I am so sorry for this tragedy. Our family was always a little more fun with Brian in it. He will be sorely missed.

Andria Crouch

November 11, 2013

I was fortunate and blessed to have you as my big brother...I always knew you were there for me. Many memories sustain me through this terrible loss. It was wonderful that you and Judy had such a strong marriage, and commitment to one another. I know that Dad was there to meet you and The Lord keeps you in his embrace as he does all of us.

Terri Pothier

November 11, 2013

Dad, you are loved by many, will be missed by all & in my heart you will remain forever and always no matter what.