Craig Allen Jones was born July 15, 1948 in Stockton to Weldon T. and MaryLou Allen Jones. He passed away suddenly on December 8, 2012 , at home. His family arrived in Taft from Livermore in 1955 when his father was named manager of the J.C. Penney store. He attended local schools, graduating from Taft Union High School. Craig served in the Marine Corps in Viet Nam and worked many years in the oil fields.
He is pre-deceased by paternal grandparents, Wilbur Lindsey Jones of Texas and Mildred Allen Jones of Bakersfield and maternal grandparents, John Jackson Allen and Eno Allen Caldwell of Texas.
During World War II, his father enlisted in the Army, his paternal grandmother served in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) and his late uncle, Bill N. Jones of Bakersfield, served in the Navy.
He is survived by his companion, Vickie Turner of Taft, his parents of Union City, a sister, Patricia (Patsy) Farley of Benicia, his children, Elizabeth Roberson and Brian Jones of California, Chelsea and Briana Jones of Utah and five grandchildren. He also leaves a niece, Michelle Hoffman of Paradise and nephew, Corey Farley of Benicia and an uncle and cousins in Texas.
Military services are scheduled for Thursday, January 10, 2013, 2:00, at the Bakersfield National Cemetery in Arvin. Rev. Rose Bartleson of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church of Bakersfield will officiate.