Franklin M. Jones

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Franklin M Jones

Franklin M. Jones, long-time resident of Edmonds, WA, passed away Saturday February 29th 2020 at the age of 87.

Frank was born in 1932 in San Angelo, Texas. He met his wife, Peggy, in 1949 while her father was stationed with the US Air Force in San Angelo.  They were married in 1953.  After majoring in physics at the University of Texas, El Paso, Frank joined the Army and worked at the White Sands Missile Range.  Frank’s career moved his family to Albuquerque, NM and then onto Scottsdale AZ, where he worked for Motorola in the space program. While there, Frank received a US Patent for one of the first dot-matrix printheads. In 1968 the family moved to Edmonds, WA where Frank became an innovator in the bar code industry.  As a result of his efforts to assist the US Post office in adopting and deploying bar code technology, he received a letter of commendation.

Frank had many hobbies. He was an active car racer and was member of the Sports Car Club of America. After the birth of his children he became an amateur photographer, with his own darkroom. He then began racing sailboats, both in Arizona and later in Puget Sound. He and Peggy became members of the Edmonds Yacht Club and participated in many yacht club events. Frank was also an amateur vintner, making wine with a group of friends. He had an extensive work shop in his home where he created many projects for the wine group or his boat.  After many years of sailing, Frank and Peggy moved into power boating, acquiring a beloved elderly Grand Banks, the Peggy J, and enjoyed cruising the San Juan and Gulf Islands.

Frank is survived by his wife, Peggy, his children, Michael and his wife Lorie and Tracy and her husband Jefferson, and grandchildren Katherine, Eric, Clayton, and Cheyenne.  A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

2 Responses to “Franklin M. Jones”

  • Najib& Diane AZAR says:

    Najib & I send to the family &loved ones of Frank Jones our condolences and blessings to you at this difficult time. We enjoyed knowing him and his obituary outlined what an amazing and accomplished man he was. During his full life he made significant contributions and will continue to be respected , remembered, and missed. Our hearts and prayers are with you as we send our love.
    Najib & Diane Azar

  • Ted & Debi Newton says:

    Many great memories of Frank, but the one that I will never forget was watching the Indy 500 at Port Orchard Yacht Club. EYC went there many Memorial Day weekends, and I always got up early to watch the race with Frank on the TV in the clubhouse!
    Many years later I still think of Frank while watching the race, and Frank I will always treasure that memory.

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