Jones, Larry

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Larry Lee Jones, 72, of Sea Ranch, Calif., died unexpectedly July 13, 2017, at his home.

Larry was born July 25, 1945, in Morenci, Mich., to Wanda Allen and Alvy Jones. He attended Morenci Area High School from 1959 through 1963 where he graduated at the top of his class. He participated in many sports, and his favorite was running hurdles on the track team.

Everyone who met Larry briefly, or who knew him for many years, was struck by his intelligence, dry humor and a tendency to swim upstream.

Among many things, he was a National Merit Scholar, runner, tennis player and tennis pro, skier, computer programmer, mathematical genius, motorcyclist, inventor and amateur carpenter. 

He studied physics at  Michigan State University from 1964 to 1968 where he met his first wife, Kathryn Bacon. They moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1973 and his only child, Elizabeth, was born in 1978. 

While in Utah he served on Ski Patrol for more than 30 years at The Canyons Ski Resort and in the warm months he managed Liberty Park Tennis Center. He also created a groundbreaking algorithm that he sold to the United States Tennis Association to assign numerical ratings to recreational tennis players. He went on to work for the United States Tennis Association from 2002 to 2016.

In 2000 he married his second wife, Linda Hastings, and in 2009 they moved to Sea Ranch, Calif. In 2012 his wife Linda lost a battle against cancer. Although Linda and Larry's time together was brief, that time was treasured deeply. 

Larry is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Jones, and daughter-in-law, Molly St. Clair, of California; half-brother, Mike Jones, and half-sister, Jani Miller; and seven cousins residing in the Midwest.

In addition to his wife, Linda, he was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service is planned at 1 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Del Mar Center in Sea Ranch.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Lenawee Humane Society in Adrian.

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