Col. James Lloyd Jones, USAF pilot, USC professor andadministrator, dies at 93. A native Californian, born in Sanger, a rural town in the central valley, Jones’ 26 years of active duty service in the Air Force exposed him to the grueling brutalities of combat, awkward compromises of politics, and challenging varieties of world culture — gradually enhancing his natural empathy, polishing his remarkable charisma and turning him into a gifted storyteller and engaging companion for everyone he encountered. His wife, Evelyn, provided the essential safe haven, and loving, resourceful partnership, that sustained their 71-year marriage and nurtured their three children.
During his travels, Jones persisted in his academic studies, earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and master’s degree in international relations from George Washington University. In 1976, after two years as a professor of aerospace studies and the commander of the University of Southern California (USC) Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, Jones retired from the Air Force as a Colonel, joining the administrative staff of the University of Southern California as the director of financial aid and student administrative services, a position he held for 6 years.
For several years after he retired from USC, Jones served
as a consultant to a number of businesses, was active in his local community and enjoyed occasional deep-sea fishing trips. In 1999, he and Evelyn sold their home in Palos Verdes and settled in Air Force Village West (now known as Altavita), a retirement community near March Air Force Base.
The two decades spent in the Village gave Jones an opportunity to form new friendships and share stories with the men and women who had served their country, broadened their personal horizons, and earned the opportunity to enjoy life at home.
Colonel Jones’ military honors include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star with cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with cluster, and Air Medal with four clusters. His personal honors include a supremely successful marriage, three children, seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, and
more friends than any man could count – all of whom are grateful for their time with him and will always treasure their