The Curry Coastal Pilot

Leon Dwayne Jones died Jan. 15, 2013, while doing the things he loved best in the place he loved most - the great outdoors.

Leon was born April 3, 1964, in Hood River.

The next year he and his family moved to Paisley, where he would spend the next 18 years. Leon graduated from Paisley High School in 1982. At the age of 19, he headed out on one of the many adventures in his life.

First he went to Alaska and worked on a fishing boat. He followed that fishing boat back to Brookings. He fell in love with the Brookings area and made it his home for the last 29 years. He continued fishing for the next 20 years up and down the Oregon coast. In 2005, while fishing off the coast of Brookings his fishing boat caught fire and sank. Leon decided to give up the fishing life and went to work for the Hastings Bulb Company.

It was while working at Hastings that Leon met the "love of his life" (as he so often said) and decided to start a family. At the age of 43, he became father to Jacob Saith Jones, and then, three years later, to Justin Lee Jones. Leon loved being a dad, and adored his two sons.

Leon loved spending time outdoors. As a kid he grew up hunting, fishing, shooting, and looking for arrowheads. In Brookings, he added picking mushrooms to his outdoor activities. Leon lived hard and he played hard. He did not slow down very often or for very long. He was a great dad, and a great friend. Leon is the one you called if you needed help. He had a big heart; he loved his family and he loved his friends. Leon will be forever loved and forever cherished in our hearts.

Leon is survived by his two sons, Jacob and Justin Jones, mother Karen Vickerman, father Dwayne Jones, sister Kris Martens, and brother Wade Jones.

In lieu of a memorial service, take a moment to toast the memory of Leon.

Submitted by the family.