OBITUARY

Renato Ortega Jones

March 10, 1939March 1, 2019
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Renato Ortega Jones, better known as “Papa,” was an honorable man. A man with great dignity and strength. He was born in Manila, Philippines on March 10, 1939 where he was raised to become a provider. In 1963, Renato fell for the girl next door, and the love of his life, Carmelita Carino. He faced his battles as their relationship was a forbidden one but stayed very persistent in ensuring their love was stronger than any father’s want for them apart. Making her Mrs. Jones on July 25, 1965, they’ve shared an inseparable bond since. From there, they began their empire. Beginning their family in 1966, Renato and Carmelita brought seven beautiful children into the world: Kerwin, Katherine, Kimberly (Joanne), Kenneth, Kelvin, Kert, and Karent. Together, they made Papa whole, and the happiest he could be. To provide for their growing family, Papa became an Oil Seaman in 1970 and dedicated 14 years of his life. Finding a passion for travel through his line of work, Papa has shared many stories of his memories on the ship, and his experiences to all the ports around the world. Making the decision to move the family to America, he went first in 1984 to San Francisco, California, and in a later date to Las Vegas, NV. Living in America, he enjoyed playing basketball, going to casinos to play slot machines, and placing bets on horse racing. On the other hand, there was nothing he loved more in the world than spending time raising his 16 grandchildren and being a best friend to his three great grandchildren: Lyrik, Antonio, and Angelo.

On this day, we grieve to let Papa go so sudden, but his spirit lives on through each and every one of us. We shall take the lessons of life he has put into example and continue to make him proud. Continue to love each other, our family. Stay close, and apart of each other’s lives. For family is all we have, and the one thing money can’t buy. Our lord needed his son, our Papa, and is congratulating him on his job well done at Heavens gates. Papa was a loving, charming man. A giver, an entertainer, a laughable story-teller. He is the definition of the best husband, friend, father, grand-father, and great-grandfather anyone could have. We should not say goodbye, for this is only temporary. We will rejoice with him again in our afterlife, and he will be waiting with open arms.

We love you Pa, in loving memory.

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  • Alex Jr., Pallbearer
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Services

  • Visitation Sunday, March 10, 2019
  • Visitation Monday, March 11, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, March 12, 2019
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Biography

When Renato Ortega Jones walked into the room, those in his company felt energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who Renato was and how he impacted those around him. Renato was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if Renato wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Renato was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve him well throughout his life.

Renato was born on March 10, 1939 at home by a midwife in Manila, Philippines to Clarence and Felicidad Jones. Renato was raised in Manila with five siblings. He had three brothers, Clarence Jr., Ruben, and George; and two sisters, Clarita and Geline. Always at the ready with a good joke, he grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew Renato might describe him as an idealist, his friends and family understood well that Renato was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to him. Along with his wit, outgoing personality, and understanding of others, Renato drew the admiration of many who knew him.

As a young boy, Renato was intelligent and had little trouble getting along with his peers. He was almost always the first to jump in when it came to playing games or participating in other childhood activities. Renato took part in basketball and was a member of PCP. In his spare time he liked playing all kinds of sports. Renato had the ability to find amusement with almost any activity he and the many childhood friends he shared might discover.

During his high school years, Renato responded enthusiastically to any new project and was regularly in search of one adventure after another. He graduated from Philippines University Polytechnic in 1954. Renato was a very good student, and generally did well in his courses. Renato absorbed as much as he could from all of his teachers and was consistently able to tackle conceptual and abstract problems, using his imagination to master his assignments. For Renato, school often became just an extension of playtime, thanks to his ability to turn just about anything into a game. Classmates considered Renato a good listener, knowing that when necessary, they could go to him to discuss just about anything. His favorite class in high school was P.E., and he will be remembered for being a Varsity basketball player.

With a talent for making acquaintances easily which in turn brought him an endless stream of friends, Renato was very sociable and could blend without effort into any social group. Assertive and outgoing, Renato was easy to know and demonstrated a deep concern for others. He always seemed aware of what was going on with people around him and throughout his life he made many, many friends. While growing up, his best friend was Romy Mendiola. Later in life, he became friends with Ruben.

On July 25, 1965 Renato married Carmelita Carino at St. Joseph Church of Manila, Philippines. Renato's skill at “building bridges” played an important role in his ability to make his new family happy. He was quite sensitive towards Carmelita's needs, showing his constant concern and fondness. Renato was tenderhearted and sensitive, qualities that served him well in helping to nurture his family.

Renato was a natural and creative parent who was willing to provide his family with all sorts of new and interesting experiences. For Renato, parenting was a particularly enjoyable and pleasurable part of his life. Every activity, from chores to bedtime routines, became a game in the Jones home. Renato's skill at understanding his children's feelings, his sensitivity to their needs, and his gift for gentle persuasion enabled him to find novel solutions to any problem or situation that might crop up. Renato was blessed with seven children: Kerwin, Katherine, Kimberly (Joanne), Kenneth, Kelvin, Kert, and Karent. He was also blessed with sixteen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Renato derived much satisfaction from participating in and watching sports. His charisma, supportive nature and ability to improvise when called upon to do so all made perfect attributes for enjoying a great many sporting activities. In high school, Renato played basketball, and he was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were football, basketball, and horse races.

Renato was a man who was dedicated and devoted to his faith. He was a member of Holy Redeemer. He was sympathetic and able to empathize with others and he used these qualities to the fullest while working tirelessly for his beliefs.

Renato's love of improvising in his daily life was a perfect fit for his enjoyment of traveling. His favorite vacations were ones that were not planned. Traveling in a casual manor fit his personality well. Excited about seeing changing scenery and constantly looking for the enjoyment life could offer, Renato took his vacations seriously, well, as seriously as he possibly could. Favorite vacations included going home to Manila, Philippines.

When Renato's retirement finally came in 1997, Renato handled it the way he usually did. He adapted and, like everything in his life, made it satisfying. Because he was such a flexible person and able to adjust to any situation, retirement was just another enjoyable change of pace for Renato to master. His new life involved relocating to California. Even in retirement, Renato continued to stay in touch with his old friends and like always, made plenty of new ones.

Renato Jones passed away on March 1, 2019 at St. Rose Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is survived by his wife, Carmelita; his children, Kerwin, Katherine, Kimberly (Joanne), Kenneth, Kelvin, Kert, and Karent; his sisters, Clarita and Geline; his brother, George; his sixteen grandchildren; and his three great-grandchildren, Lyrik, Antonio, and Angelo. Services were held at Palm Southwest Mortuary and Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

There was always a certain style and inventiveness to Renato. He was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. He had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While he was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to Renato Jones for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. Renato was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with his loved ones.