Gilbert Enos Jones
May 25, 1932 – January 5, 2024
Gilbert Enos Jones, better known as Gil, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully on January 5, 2024, at his home in San Juan Capistrano, CA surrounded by loved ones. He was born on May 25, 1932 in Grapevine, TX, to Enos Gilbert Jones and Euna Vista Stovall Jones.
Gil’s journey through life was marked by love, dedication, and an unwavering commitment to his family and community. On December 22, 1951, he married the love of his life, Mildred “Millie” Hurst Jones, at Gretna Green Chapel in Downey, CA. Their marriage, achieving 72 years together, was a testament to the strength of their bond and stood as an example to all who knew them.
Education played an important role in Gil’s life, and he proudly achieved both a High School Diploma in the state of Oklahoma, but also a Trade Certificate from the California Apprentice Council specializing in Wood, Wire, and Metal Lathing. His thirst for knowledge and desire to excel were evident in every endeavor he undertook.
In 1949, Gil enlisted in the United States Navy where he proudly served as a Corpsman. In 1952 he deployed and bravely fought in the Korean War alongside the 1st Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force until September 1953. Gil’s dedication to his country and fellow servicemen was evident as he also served aboard the USS Calvert during the “Passage to Freedom”, supporting the evacuation of refugees from North Indo-China to South Indo-China. At the rank of HM3, Gil was honorably discharged in October 1954 where he returned home to his loving family.
Gil’s diverse career history showcased his exceptional skills and entrepreneurial spirit. Following his time in the U.S. Navy, he worked successfully in various roles. Gil started a General Contracting/Lathing Company, working alongside his son’s as a general contractor where he set his boys up for successful futures in construction. He was a property owner providing reasonable housing to the community. He was an efficacious entrepreneur starting Carriage Services, LLC. Gil purchased a withering historical home “the Olivares House” on the oldest street in the state of California and turned it into a legacy that will be cherished, The Jones Family Mini Farm, providing a rural life experience to the community and all who visited the popular attraction. Gil’s hard work and dedication earned him the respect and admiration of all who new him.
Not only was Gil dedicated to his family and career, but he also made a significant impact on his community. Throughout his adult life, he served his communities in various roles, from building a community church while residing in Silverado Canyon, supporting the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce, dedicating his support to Various Veterans associates like the VFW and DAV. Most notably was his time on the San Juan Capistrano City Council. In December 1991 after finishing his first year as San Juan Capistrano City Councilman, Gil was elected mayor by Unanimous vote. Gil would continue to serve his community, elected Mayor 3 times and serving as councilman until his resignation in February 2000 so he could focus on his family and small business. His leadership and commitment to the public were remarkable, leaving an indelible mark on the city he loved.
Beyond his professional and civic achievements, Gil had a deep passion for baseball, following his favorite team, the Angels. He thoroughly enjoyed attending and supporting his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in their extracurricular activities. In his earlier years he enjoyed riding motorcycles in the desert, playing men’s softball, water skiing, visiting the Colorado River and desert around Salton Sea. As a grandfather he thoroughly enjoyed teaching his grandchildren to ride horses and to raise and care for every farm animal imaginable. He also enjoyed attending and supporting the grandchildren in their softball leagues and high school stage productions. In his latest years he continued to enjoy his family and great-grandchildren, especially enjoying their visits to his home, family dinners, and holidays together. Over their 72 years of continued love and dedication to each other, Gil was most proud of his wife Millie, and supported her enjoyment and prolific career as a renowned and accomplished porcelain artist.
Gilbert Enos Jones is survived by his loving wife, Mildred “Millie” Jones, their children Keith Jones and his wife Vickie Jones, Ron Jones, and Jennifer Baldridge-Paul. He was a cherished grandfather to Summer Poletti and her husband Rob Poletti, Windy Jones and Josh Linder, Joshua Jones, Lacey Soileau and Gabriel Soileau, Jessica McClain, and Amy Baldridge. Gil also had the joy of being a great grandfather to Draven Johnson, Lily Bee Poletti, Corina Linder, Clayton McClain, Evangeline Soileau, and Delta Gilbert Soileau. His love for his family was immeasurable, and he created a legacy of love and devotion that will endure for generations.
In honor of Gilbert’s commitment to his country, any donations can be made to a veteran organization of your choice. His selflessness and dedication to his fellow servicemen will never be forgotten.
His memory will forever remain in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing him. Gil was a man of many talents, a loving husband, a devoted father, dedicated grandfather and great-grandfather, and an exceptional community leader. His impact will be felt for years to come and his influence will continue to guide us all.
Rest in peace, dear Gil, knowing that your legacy of love and kindness will live on in the hearts of all who were blessed to have known you.
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