CODY, Wyo. — E. Bruce Jones, age 79, of Cody, died Sunday, May 19, 2013, at the Spirit Mountain Hospice House.
If we get to take anything with us from this life to the next, it must be our story.
Bruce Jones’ story begins with his birth in Fort Collins, Colo., to Donald Lee and Muriel Gwynn Jones on Sept. 23, 1933. They moved to Wyoming in 1940 so Donald could start his own business in a place where his son could enjoy the benefits of a small hometown.
Bruce enjoyed a delightful childhood in Cody and graduated high school as valedictorian in 1951. From there, he continued his education at the University of Wyoming, where he received his B.S. in civil engineering in 1955. He married Margie Raben on May 27, 1956, in Huntley, Wyo. Moving his education even further, he graduated from Penn State with his M.S. in meteorology in 1959 and topped it off with a Ph.D. in watershed management from Colorado State University in 1964.
His first daughter, Elizabeth, was born in June 1962, and Janet, his youngest, was born in August 1964. His family became the priority whenever making decisions regarding his career, keeping them in the stability of one main location.
As a consulting engineer, he did fascinating work over the years as president of Resource Consultants in Fort Collins. This included consulting with EG&G, where he pioneered the new technology that used aerial photography to measure snowpack and other information. He also worked on many top secret projects that are even now just becoming declassified. Among these, he helped with the 3-Mile Island disaster as well as helping with water issues surrounding the explosion of Mt. St. Helens and testifying as an expert witness in Colorado water law cases.
In the late 1980s, he and Margie moved to Denver, where he went to work for Jacob’s Engineering Group. In 1994, he retired and soon came back to his hometown of Cody, where he quickly joined in many community activities including Rotary, the Presbyterian Church and Wyoming Presbytery, Habitat for Humanity, Cody Chamber of Commerce as well as keeping up with the Wyoming Engineering Society, plus many other activities and organizations. In 2010 he was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Above all, he was a kind and loving man who was a lifelong learner with interests that ran deep and wide. He loved trains, fly-fishing, HAM radio, Western history and good conversation. He bravely fought the effects of Parkinson’s with his darling Margie at his side for years. He passed away gently just days from their 57th wedding anniversary with family by his side. He will be deeply missed by many. He lived his story well.
He is survived by his wife, Margie, and his two daughters Elizabeth Jones and Janet (Mike) White. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Spirit Mountain Hospice House in Cody, Wyo., or a charity of your choice.
Funeral services will 2 p.m. Friday, May 24, at the First Presbyterian Church in Cody. Graveside service will be one hour prior to the service at 1 p.m. Friday at Riverside Cemetery in Cody. Arrangements are under the direction of Ballard Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.ballardfh.com.