Obituary: Melvin F. "Bud" Jones
February 23, 2010
Oct. 6, 1919 – Feb.. 19, 2010.
At age 90, Melvin F. “Bud” Jones passed away peacefully at home. Home was Lake Tahoe, the most beautiful place in the world to him. He was born in Oakland, Calif. He spent four years in the Navy during World War II and subsequently fell in love with the mountains where he could fly fish and ski. After marrying Vonnie, they had the opportunity of getting a house in Carnelian Bay and survived the winter of ’52.
Bud started his career in real estate in 1951 and opened his own office in 1956. He helped form the Tahoe Sierra Board of Realtors in 1958. Many successful years in real estate afforded him the luxury of being an avid skier in the winter and fly fisherman in the fall. Another favorite hobby was flying, and at 60 years old, he became a pilot and loved flying his plane as much as possible. Bud joined the Masonic Lodge in 1950 and was proud to have been a Past Master of the Truckee Lodge in 1962. He followed his passions and made many friends along the way, whether it was here at home or while traveling the world.
He is survived by Vonnie, his wife of 60 years and their three children, Vikki Walker, Greg Jones, Gary Jones; seven grandchildren Cebron Walker, Ariana (Walker) Ladew, Kayne Montana Walker, Athena (Walker) Gouessan, Tiana Jones, John Paul Wozniak; and great grandchildren Orion Walker and Natalia and Aiden Wozniak.
He was a devoted husband and father who kept us all close to nature, the mountains, lakes and rivers. Skiing was a major part of all our lives. He was proud of his membership in the Far West Ski Instructors Association and his 20 years in the Professional Ski Instructors Association of America. He taught hundreds of people to ski in local resorts and hundreds of children through a local “Learn to Ski” program he developed for the public schools. He was an active member of the Lake Tahoe Ski Club and had all his children competing in Alpine racing at early ages.
When he wasn’t skiing he was traveling or hiking and fishing. But his favorite view was looking out over Lake Tahoe and thanking his lucky stars he was able to live here.
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Friends are invited to attend a service and celebration of his life on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010, at 11:30 a.m. at Garwoods in Carnelian Bay. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bud’s memory may be made to the Lake Tahoe Ski Club Foundation.