- Published on Wednesday, 25 July 2012 01:00
- Written by Los Altos Town Crier
Long-time Los Altos resident Mickey Jones passed away after cardiac arrest on July 7, 2012. He was born in 1923 in Chicago, and spent his childhood in Texas and Colorado. His father Harold (an auto mechanic and inventor) told Mickey he could have a Model T Ford if he could take it apart and put it back together successfully, which he did. After the family moved to California, he attended Vallejo High School in Vallejo, and when the US entered WWII, he joined the Army Air Force. After 4 years of service, he went on to Heald’s Engineering School in San Francisco, and became an airplane mechanic for Transocean Airlines in Oakland. He was called again
for active duty in the Korean War, 1951-52. He met Julia Hanson in the USAF, and they married in 1952. They moved to Seattle where Mickey worked for Boeing Aircraft. In 1955 he took delivery of a brand new Jaguar XK140 roadster, which he drove to work every day, and he and Julie took on rallies, hill climbs, and road races.
In 1960 they moved to Los Altos and both started work at Lockheed Missiles and Space Co., in Sunnyvale, where Mickey retired as Senior Design Engineer (Mechanical) in 1989. He was very active for 50 years in the local Jaguar club, and restored his Jaguar in 1991. They exhibited it at many car shows and won several First Place awards. Julie passed away in 2003.
Mickey went on to drive in several California Milles, the 1000-mile road rally that was inspired by the Italian Mille Miglia, put on by the late Martin Swig. Mickey loved animals, especially cats, and was a true gentleman with a sparkle in his blue Irish eyes. After a stroke in 2010, he stayed in Mountain View Healthcare Center, and still enjoyed a good game of poker. Those of us who knew Mickey will miss his upbeat personality, generosity, and quick smile. He is survived by a niece, Anne Fessler, and three nephews, Joe Hochanadel, Mike Hochanadel and Jim Hoke. Charitable donations in his memory may be made to El Camino Hospital Foundation.
There will be a Celebration of Mickey’s Life on Sunday August 5, at 2:00 PM at Main Street Café and Books (where his old car buddies still meet every Saturday morning), 134 Main Street, Los Altos.