Stanley Gale Jones Sr.
July 10, 1926 – November 5, 2019
Stanley Gale Jones Sr. Chief “SCHO-HALLEM”
Stan Jones Sr., 93, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 in the comfort of his home on the Tulalip Reservation. He continued on his journey with his loving family by his side. Born on July 10, 1926 in Monroe, Washington to George Culver Jones and Juanita Jones (Giddings), Stan moved back permanently to his ancestral homelands at 3-years-old, shortly after his mother passed away. His father remarried and Stan’s childhood home blossomed to include 17 siblings. Like many Native households of the time, they grew up poor, often not having running water or electricity, but through the struggles Stan and his family persevered. At just 17-years-old he dedicated himself to a cause much larger than himself and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He proudly served two years in Platoon 770 and saw action along the frontlines of World War II. Stan often recalled his time in the tank battalion occupying Nagasaki, Japan immediately after the Atomic Bomb was dropped. After being honorably discharged from the military in August 1946, he met his soul mate JoAnn Barrie. In 1950, the pair eloped in a private ceremony in Tacoma and have been happily married for 69 years. They have five children: Jeanne McClain, Stanley “Sonny” Jones Jr., deceased, Gayle Jones, Teri (Billy) Gobin and Randy Jones. Scho-Hallem’s family tree grew to include 14 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and many more great-great-grandchildren. A lifetime of dedication and commitment to his tribe and community, Stan served as the longest running Tulalip Tribes board member in history. He joined the Tulalip Board in 1966, serving 44 consecutive years to the greater interest of his people. For more than half of that time, 26-years to be exact, Scho-Hallem served as Chairman. His wisdom, integrity, passion and sincere caring for the future of his people and Tribe resulted in his being voted into office for a remarkable fifteen terms. Some of his accomplishments include working on the Boldt Decision, which awarded Washington State tribes half of the state’s salmon catch. He was appointed the first Chairman of a National Task Force on Indian Gaming, and was instrumental in the negotiation of the first Tribal-State casino compact. Prior to being elected to the Board, Stan worked in logging, commercial fishing, fuel delivery, and as an electrician. He retired from the Board of Directors after 44 years, serving his last day in office on April 3, 2010. Only days later, on April 7 in San Diego, Stan was honored with the prestigious “Chairman’s Lifetime Achievement Award” at the National Indian Gaming Association’s annual convention. Over his lengthy career he remained committed to seeing Tulalip thrive, while receiving many awards for his innovative leadership. Forever a leader, Scho-Hallem’s family said in his final moments he was still concerned with the well-being of the Tribe and was at peace knowing his Tulalip people are “staying the course”. Stan is preceded in death by his parents George and Juanita Jones, son Stan “Sonny” Jones Jr., siblings Jack Jones, Gloria St. Germaine, George Jones Jr., LaVerne Jones, Caroline “Uppy” Thornberry, Alpheus “Gunny” Jones, Lynn “Stomper” Jones, William Jones, and Chuckie Jones. He is survived by his siblings Virginia Carpenter, Dawn Simpson, Joy Lacy, Dale (Barb) Jones, Marvin Jones, Richard (Toby) Jones, and Delmer Jones; grandchildren Mike, Shawn, Kenny, Laurie, Michelle, Stanley “Skipper” (Krystle), McKenna, Auri, Kingston, Tyee, Teresa (Jeff), Mika, Jordan, Tashena, Faith, Bow, Ryan, Mario, Nina, Teonie, Colten, Leora, Lyndsey, Kayla, and Nate; four dedicated caregivers Dee, Maria, granddaughter Tashena and niece Rossane; and his always faithful canine companion, Champ. He also leaves behind numerous extended family members and a tribal community that he loved so dearly. Funeral services are scheduled for Monday, November 11 at 5:30pm and continuing on Tuesday, November 12 at 10:00am (both serviced located inside the Tulalip Resort’s Orca Ballroom). Burial at Mission Beach Cemetery with a dinner to follow at the Tulalip Youth Center’s gym.
- Visitation Monday, November 11, 2019
- Funeral Service Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Stanley Gale Jones Sr.
November 9, 2019
Mr. Jones life story and contribution to humanity is very humbling. Peace be with you sir and your family.
November 6, 2019
My condolences to the family, my heartaches for you all, know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Stan was a great man/warrior and will be missed by all who knew him. One of my favorite memories of years past was riding from Seattle to Tulalip in Stan's oil truck with Teri. Teri and I played and hung out at their property for the weekend and than came home, this was not a vehicle to take a long trip in. Loved hanging out with the family.