Sept. 30, 1958-Feb. 20, 2013
Menlo Park, California
Stephen E. Jones, devoted husband, father, brother, son and friend, age 54, passed away on Wednesday, February 20th, in Redwood City, California after a nearly two-year struggle with brain cancer.
Steve was a committed father and husband who will forever be remembered for his good-natured, gentle soul and unwavering belief in the goodness of his fellow man. His family, friends and colleagues marveled at his determination and optimistic spirit.
Kathryn, his adoring 11 year old daughter, inherited his grace and describes her father as generous, thoughtful, and kind-hearted.
Steve was born in Poughkeepsie, NY, and moved to San Jose in 1968. He attended Leland High School and UC Berkeley, where he graduated with a degree in chemistry. Following graduation he worked at the University of Erlangen, Germany.
He then returned to San Jose and began a career in the electronics industry, and subsequently moved to Menlo Park, where he met his wife, Karyn.
Steve later left the electronics industry to pursue his passion by starting his own company, SEJ Builders. He built many beautiful homes on the Peninsula. Since his diagnosis of Glioblastoma in the summer of 2011, he worked tirelessly to manage his illness and to continue to live his life to the fullest.
Karyn is grateful for the gift of unconditional love they all shared, even during the difficult times. Steve leaves his cherished wife, Karyn Haaland, and his adored children, Kathryn, Bradley, and Michael. He will be forever loved and missed by his devoted parents, Pat and Bob Jones, his beloved sister Lisa, and brother-in-law Rod. He will be missed by his extended family, the Leslie Clan of Menlo Park, his dear cousin Kim Poling, his aunt Elaine “Pidg” Andrews, and his uncle Herb “Buz” Hagen. Steve touched his friends and extended family with his warmth, humor and kindness.
A memorial service will be held at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church on February 26th at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Stephen E. Jones Memorial Fund at Wells Fargo Bank, which has been set up for Kathryn Jones’ college education.