Richard Kent Jones
Richard Kent Jones of New Castle died Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at his home after a short illness.
His daughter, Vicki Jones and his grandson Kallan Kent Morrow were with him, along with his son Laurence Kent Jones and his nephew, Diego Pina.
Mr. Jones was born in Los Angeles in 1915. He worked as an animator for Warner Brothers alongside his brother, Charles M. (Chuck) Jones, before joining the Army in 1943.
He led a combat photo unit in the western Pacific, saw action in the Philippines and went ashore with the first wave on Okinawa, the last major battle of the second World War.
After the war he went to school on the G.I. Bill and took his family to Mexico in 1950 where he obtained his master of art from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara.
He returned to Mexico in 1955 to set up and direct at an animation studio in Mexico City. In 1956 he joined the professional staff of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), where he became a high-level expert in educational methods, serving for 20 years in Mexico, South Korea, Tanganyika, Iran, Italy and at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
He retired in 1976 and devoted the rest of his life to his family and friends and to once again painting full time, producing an impressive body of work, especially in watercolor.
He lived in New Castle for 10 years.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Frances Jones, who died in New Castle in 1995.
He is survived by his daughter Vicki Jones of Glenwood Springs; son Laurence Kent Jones of Washington, D.C.; grandson Kallan Morrow of Phoenix; and Elaine Ogden of Falls Church, Va.
He was well loved and will be sorely missed.
Each year, the Lions Club uses race proceeds from the FireKracker 4K race to provide eye examinations and eye glasses for those in the Roaring Fork Valley who are in need.
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