Lloyd P. Jones, 71, died Thursday, May 24 from injuries sustained after he was struck by a truck while riding his bicycle along Highway 108 near Richardson Road.
He was born, along with his twin brother Floyd, in Ratcliff, Ark. and at age three moved to San Francisco with his parents, Atha and Johnnie, and his five other siblings.
There he grew up and attended school, graduating from Balboa High School in 1959.
He married in 1961 and started a family, raising his children in the Bay Area.
He worked at Van Waters & Rogers, a chemical manufacturing company for 32 years and was member of the Teamster’s Union Local 287.
After retiring in 2004, he and his wife Anne moved to the Burchell Hill community in Oakdale and enjoyed having free time to spend with their family and grandchildren.
Mr. Jones was an avid bicyclist, riding on average over 70-plus miles per week. He was fluent in Spanish, enjoyed freehand sketching, nature and the spiritual side of life.
His children often referred to him as ‘Yoda.’ He was a deep thinker and had an extensive collection of books, both classic and contemporary, and spent many hours studying and contemplating the writings of Thoreau, Emerson, C.S. Lewis and the Bible, to name a few.
Listening to music was also a passion for him, and strains of Mozart, Beethoven and gospel tunes often could be heard coming from his workshop in the afternoon.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Anne (Gotautas) Jones of Oakdale; daughter, Jennifer Stasio and her fiancé David Piazza of Oakdale; son, Adam Jones of Oakdale; and four grandsons, Chase and Nicholas Hornsey, Max and Jacob Jones, all of Oakdale.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 8 at the Oakdale Citizens’ Cemetery, Oakdale. All are welcome to attend.
Turlock Memorial Park and Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.