May 30, 1944 – Aug. 22, 2018
John Alan Jones was born in Spokane, WA, while his family lived in Pullman, WA. He moved to Ann Arbor, MI when he was 12, completing high school there, and graduating from the University of Michigan with a BA in History. In 1970, he married Donna Torrey Jones in Brookline MA. They ran an organic farm in Rose Hill NY for five years, and he then joined the brokerage firm of Crawford and Assoc. of Fayetteville NY as a Registered Rep., Registered Financial Principal and Registered Principal. They raised three sons in the Syracuse area and helped start Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church of East Syracuse, NY.
In 1998, he retired and moved west with his wife. They moved to Kodiak in 1999 to work with St. Innocent’s Academy (now St. John’s Mission). John Alan volunteered much time with the Academy as a history teacher and as an accountant and business advisor. He worked in the KIBSD school system as a substitute teacher and later as a permanent aide. Mentoring young people was one of his greatest pleasures, both in school and out.
Mr. Jones had an astonishing love for and knowledge of history and transmitted to many his ability to draw lessons from the past so as to understand the present. He spent many years working on a History of Western Civilization from the Orthodox
He leaves behind a loving family: wife Donna Elizabeth, three sons: (Monk) Fr. Nicodemus of Vashon Island monastery, Christopher and wife Katherine (Armstrong) of Chugiak, and Michael, wife Meghan (Ray), and daughters Catherine, Anastasia, and Cecilia of Chugiak; sister Linda Hendricks of Seattle, niece Shanna Dressler, nephew Matthew Dressler (Mary Ellen), grandnephew Lucas, all of Seattle, brother-in-law David Torrey (Maria Elena), nephew Daniel, and niece Dalia of Florida.
Orthodox funeral services were held Saturday, August 25 at 10:00 an at the Kodiak Funeral Chapel, followed by a potluck repast at Sunnyside, above Monk’s Rock. At 2:00 pm there was an embarkation out to St. Nilus Island for burial in the monastery graveyard.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to St. John the Wonderworker Orthodox Mission, 1895 Mission Rd. Kodiak, or St, Nilus Skete, PO Box 18, Ouzinkie, AK 99644.