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Obituary for Gregory Dean Jones

Gregory Dean Jones passed away on Friday, September 1st at home in Des Moines after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Greg was born in Tacoma Washington on May 15th 1964 to Kathleen and Richard Jones and graduated from Shorecrest High School in 1982.
Greg’s passions were family and boat racing. From 1993-1998 he was part of the Miss Budweiser racing team and spent time on the late Steve Woomer’s Winston Eagle Team. From 2005 to the day he passed he played a key role with Ellstrom Racing as the propeller technician and data manager.
In 2009 the Qatar Marine Sports Federation staged the first of six Unlimited Hydroplane races on Doha Bay. Greg was part of the advance team, getting the Unlimited Hydro fleet trucks and boats out of port and through customs.
Greg was a school bus mechanic for the Highline School District, which is where he met his wife Jessica Jones in 2005. They started dating in late 2012 and married in 2014 .
Greg was predeceased by his father, Richard Jones. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife Jessica, his mother Kathleen Singer, stepfather Nickolas Singer and his stepmother Anelyn Jones. He is also survived by his natural siblings Steve Jones and his wife Regina, Trina Rounds and her husband Steve, Glenn Singer and his wife Robin, as well as his step siblings Ronda Singer and Don Singer and his wife Lynette. Greg has two surviving children, Richard and Miranda Jones and three step children Johna, Judy Lemke and Hunter Osborne . Greg was a beloved uncle known to his nieces and nephews as U.G.
Greg is also survived by a large and loving boat racing family and is described as “full of life, always fun-loving and making those around him smile.”
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Greg’s memory to the Hydroplane and Race boat Museum in Kent, Washington.
Greg’s celebration of life will be held at the Hydro Museum in Kent on September 30th ,2017 from 1:00 Pm- 4:00 Pm .

“Goodbyes are not forever, and are not the end ; it simply means I’ll miss you until we meet again “


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