Leland Bruce Jones

Born: Sun., Aug. 10, 1941
Died: Wed., May 17, 2017


Celebration of Life

2:00 PM Sat., May 27, 2017
Location: Pendleton Center for the Arts


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Bruce and Eunice Jones’ first child Leland was born August 10,1941, in Portland, Oregon.
Both parents came from farming families. Bruce was from the Gervais, Oregon, area and Eunice was raised in South Dakota before moving near Brooks, Oregon.

Leland (Lee) was raised in Gresham, Oregon on an acreage complete with milk cow. He graduated from Gresham High School and continued his education at Portland State University. He graduated with concentrations in business, anthropology and art, and did graduate work in sculpture, working in bronze casting, sheet metal, clay and plaster media.

He and Roberta met at Portland State, married and moved to Pendleton in 1967 with children Anthony and Jennifer. He chose to remain here to raise his children and record his vision of the magnificence of the Pendleton hinterland.

Lee and Randy Gundlach were the featured artists in the opening exhibit at the Pendleton Center for the Arts. Lee enjoyed hanging, setting the lights and working on installations together with other members of the board of the Arts Center. He and his wife set up the first exhibit of the Hall of Fame, where he hobnobbed with the likes of Judge Jim Sturgess, “Pink” Boylen, and George Fletcher. He designed and executed with volunteers stage settings for the Kiwanis Kapers for several years.

For 30 years Lee worked at U.S. Gypsum, reconstituted as Masonite and finally Wood Fiber. He started as a lab technician in R and D, then served as general foreman in the boardmill. Later he was superintendent of quality, and finally superintendent of the boardmill. He took great pride in the accomplishments of the people in his departments.

Lee is survived by Roberta, his wife of nearly 50 years, and his children Anthony (DeeDee) and Jennifer I. Foss. His grandsons Jason (Megan) and Nicholas, and Jennifer’s son Carlo D’Amato brought him great joy, as did his great-grandchildren Kylie, Kaitand Noah. His sisters Joyce (Lach) McClenehen and Rebecca Jones shared vacations abroad and in the U.S.

A celebration of life reception will be held from two to four p.m. on May 27 at the Pendleton Center for the Arts. His family will attend the scattering of his ashes in the landscape he so loved.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Pendleton Center for the Arts would be appreciated.

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Kate Bottorff
   Posted Sun May 21, 2017
Dear Roberta, I am sorry to hear of Leland's passing. I know that it has been a struggle for him, and for you too. I am grateful he is at peace. As you grieve my heart and prayers are with you.

Sherrill Byers
   Posted Wed May 24, 2017
i never met leland, but i hav,e a story to share with you. i own a painting of his called, i
believe, Earth Fallow or maybe Fallow Earth. i lived in Bellevue, WA for 42 years, all the while yearning to move back to pendleton where i grew up. one day in the E.o. in 2000 i believe, i saw a picture being displayed at the Center for the Arts. i wanted that picture because it reminded me of the landscapes in pendleton that i love so much. i contacted leland, he said the picture cost 1800 dollars. i couldn't afford it at that time. But low and
behold, my mother, mary Griffin sent it to me at Christmas time. Fast forward to 2010
when i moved into Sunridge estates where i have a live picture much like lelands in my back yard. i'm so grateful that leland so loved the landscapes of this area that he painted such a beautiful picture . i always thought that i should contact him after i moved back over and invite him to come see his work of art. i so regret that i didn't do that.

my sincere condolences to your family.

Fondly, Sherrill m. Byers

Brigit Farley
   Posted Wed May 24, 2017
Dear Jones family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Lee was a multitalented individual who put all those talents to good use over the years. He had a long and contributory life. May he rest in peace.

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