John Jones

Our beloved John went to be with his Lord on Feb. 4, 2020. John lived a full and blessed life, but his greatest joy was spending time with family and friends.

John was born in Memphis, Tenn., on May 31, 1943. His family moved to Texas when John was about 10 years old where he received his first introduction to baseball through an uncle who was a skilled baseball player. John had ties to Wickenburg through family members and relocated to Wickenburg in 1958. He attended Wickenburg High School where he met the love of his life, Erlene Madril, and they married in September, 1962.

John joined the U.S. Army in 1961 after graduating from high school. He was stationed at Fort Irwin, Calif., and received training in the tank division. While at Fort Irwin, John was seen by an army athletic scout who arranged for John to be sent to serve in the beautiful Presidio of San Francisco Honor Guard. His duties there were partially ceremonial, but his major duty was playing sports. John was a gifted athlete with natural ability who excelled in all of the sports he played. For the army, he primarily played baseball, softball, and basketball. John competed in baseball at an elite level with many All-American athletes. They competed primarily with military teams from bases in California and several universities and won many championships. John was their star pitcher in baseball and was actively recruited by four major league baseball scouts. Unfortunately, by the time John was discharged from the Army, these recruiters held different positions within the clubs.

John and Erlene moved back to Wickenburg and raised three wonderful children. Shelley, John and David Jones. He worked for Arizona Public Service Co. for 30 years and retired in 2005. Throughout the years, John devoted much of his time to the children of Wickenburg by coaching and officiating their sports activities. He was their “Papa John.” The children enriched his life immensely and brought him great joy. John’s involvement with youth extended to his service to his church in leading a youth group for many years. He also had a prominent role in the building of his church, The Christian and Missionary Church in Wickenburg. John held a deep love for God, family, friends and country. He will be missed by so many whose lives he touched.

John is survived by his wife Erlene Jones; sons John (Sidney) and David (Jennifer) Jones; daughter Shelley Jones-Newman and grandson Brian Herrington preceded him in death in 2016. He is also survived by grandchildren Allyson Estes, Kailey (Jason) Gay, Majerle (Cody) Lamont, and Titan and Cade Jones; great-grandchildren, Makenzie Sawyer, Carder and Cobey Gay, and Locklan Lamont; sisters Brenda (Clayton) Black, Annette (Al) Beeler, and brother Richard Northington. John had many nieces, nephews, cousins. and sister-in-law Yvonne Bailey who he dearly loved.

Private service pending.