Bradford "Brad" Wayne Jones, age 60, passed away Feb. 11, 2008, in Prescott.
Brad was born Sept. 21, 1947, in Oakland, Calif., to Herbert Franklin Jones and Emily Phyllis Roberta Miller Jones. Brad moved in 1950 to Boulder City, Nev., and in 1955 to Phoenix, Ariz.
At the age of 16, Brad soloed and received his pilot's license. He was on the swim team at Scottsdale Arcadia High School. Brad carried his love of swimming throughout his life. He volunteered with the Boy Scouts as a swim instructor. He then attended University of The Air, at Santa Barbara, Calif., graduating in 1968. Brad started his official pilot career as a contract pilot for Anderson Aviation flying for banks in south Arizona and northern Arizona; while at the same time flying for Grand Canyon Airlines, taking his passengers through the Grand Canyon in a small aircraft!
He continued his pilot career, having his ratings as a Commercial, Multi-Engine and Instrument Pilot, with Thunderbird Land and Cattle as a corporate pilot, Cochise Airlines as a line pilot and from April 1976 to his retirement with Hughes Aircraft and its merge with Republic Airlines through its merge with Northwest Airlines. Brad was an Annual Review Instructor and passenger safety was his passion. He was an active member of the Airline Pilots Association.
In addition to his love of flight and sport flying, which included tail dragging, Brad enjoyed spin fishing, quail hunting and motorcycles, both street and dirt. Brad will be missed by his Starbucks Coffee Group, his Pilot "Geezer" Club, his Harley friends and his Rocky Point Playa Bonita Trailer Park friends. Brad had been planning to introduce his wife, Sharon, to relaxing in Rocky Point (trailer-park style) with his close friends, the Hamptons, next month, and to show Sharon the green "flash" when the sun sets and watch her delight when she meets Juan Carlos, the fabulous beach jeweler!
Brad is survived by the love of his life, his wife, Sharon, of Prescott; his mother, Emily Jones Tighe of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; his sisters, Barbara Deloian of Castle Rock, Colo., and Phyllis Burton of Divide, Colo.; along with numerous nieces and nephews. He left his many dear, dear friends, including Bill and Susan Wall and Butch and Cathy Hampton, with many fond memories.
A celebration of Brad's life will be 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the American Lutheran Church, 1085 Scott Drive in Prescott, with Pastor Dan Storvick officiating. Instead of flowers, memorial donations remembering Brad can be sent to The Wounded Warrior Organization, 11905 Bowman Drive, Suite 510, Fredericksburg, VA 22408.
The arrangements have been entrusted to Hampton Funeral Home.
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