Bee­hive Homes Com­mu­nity Spot­light: Bevan Jones

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Ev­ery com­mu­nity has peo­ple in it that High School, grad­u­at­ing in 1944. He make it great. I’m talk­ing about salt-of- im­me­di­ately joined the Mer­chant Marines the-earth kinda peo­ple. Join us as each and at­tended a tech­ni­cal course on ra­dio month as we high­light one of our long­time waves and trans­mit­ters in Bos­ton. Bevan mem­bers in the com­mu­nity. was as­signed to the Lib­erty Ships to sail in

Bevan J. Jones was born in Jan­uary of the Pa­cific. Bevan worked for months at a 1926 in Cedar City. Bevan did not stay time as the ships ra­dio con­troller, al­low­ing in Cedar City long — his fa­ther Em­rone the ships to com­mu­ni­cate with the fleet. ( Jack) Jones moved he and his mother At the end of his tour, Bevan moved Jenny Cox Jones to Los An­ge­les, Cal­i­for­nia, back to L.A. and be­gan work­ing for South­ern where Jack be­gan work­ing for Cal­i­for­nia Edi­son Elec­tric Com­pany. Union Pa­cific Rail­road. One year later, Be­cause patents had such short lives in the the Stock Mar­ket would crash. Many early 1900s, Edi­son al­lowed elec­tric util­i­ties peo­ple in L. A. lost their jobs. Jack had to use his patents so long as they used some ed­u­ca­tion that al­lot­ted him a po­si­tion his name in the com­pany name. To­day, Edi­son as the bus driver for rail work­ers In­ter­na­tional is a lead­ing in­no­va­tor in com­ing and go­ing to rail yards for Union elec­tric­ity pro­duc­tion and stor­age. Bevan Pa­cific. Jack would work for Union Pa­cific still had fam­ily routes in Cedar City and­his whole life, re­tir­ing as an ac­coun­tant would oc­ca­sion­ally make the drive to visit for the com­pany. cousins. On one such oc­ca­sion, his cousin

Bevan grew up in a tremu­lous time in in­tro­duced him to Dolores Fife - she was L.A. - the Great De­pres­sion, mass de­por­ta­tions young and vi­brant, and Bevan in­stantly of Mex­i­can work­ers, the Long Beach fell for her. He would make the long car earth quake, mass flood­ing, and the “Zoot drive much more of­ten over the next few Dolores to have her get the ra­dio set up. Suit.” How­ever, these were also ex­cit­ing months. He and Dolores were mar­ried in I told her how to hook up the wires over times — the L.A. Olympics, Union Pa­cific 1948 in the St. Ge­orge LDS Tem­ple. the phone and when she plugged it, in the Sta­tion open­ing, Hol­ly­wood boom­ing and Bevan and Dolores lived in L.A. for a whole thing fried, smoked and popped. Of WWII be­gin­ning dur­ing Be­vans grow­ing short time and had four chil­dren: Ron­ald, course, this re­ally scared Dolores and she up years. It was a time of U.S. in­no­va­tion Na­dine, Christo­pher and Richard. Soon re­fused to speak to me about ra­dios for and dig­ging out. they moved to Or­ange County, Newport some time,” Bevan said.

“I was re­ally fas­ci­nated with ra­dios; at Beach, and along came their last child, Soon a Bel­gium com­pany named an early age, the lo­cal po­lice sta­tion had Paul. Bevan’s ra­dio tal­ents were in high SWIFT re­cruited Bevan to run their telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions just started us­ing ra­dios. I used to walk de­mand; he was an ex­pert in his field and sec­tion in Bel­gium, Ger­many. around be­fore garbage days and col­lect ra­dio ra­dio was at its peak around the world. He packed up his fam­ily and moved parts or bro­ken ra­dios that peo­ple had “Right about the time when the first pub­lic to Ger­many. It was a won­der­ful time with thrown out. I would bring the parts home FM stereo ra­dio wave was com­ing out, I new ad­ven­tures and cul­tures to learn. Five and make my own ra­dios and trans­mit­ters.” was trav­el­ing for busi­ness. I was so ex­cited years later, SWIFT branched out into the Bevan said. Bevan at­tended Al­ham­bra to have it play on my ra­dio that I called U.S., built a new state-of-the-art build­ing in Vir­ginia and asked Bevan to run the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions divi­sion. Bevan worked for SWIFT un­til he re­tired in 1979.

Dolores and Bevan cel­e­brated their 60th wed­ding an­niver­sary in 2008. Dolores would pass away later that year. Bevan’s chil­dren had spread around the coun­try by that time and the sons in Utah de­cided that Utah would be the best place for Dad to spend his re­main­ing years. Bevan has 25 great-grand­chil­dren and 29 great-great-grand­chil­dren.

Dolores and Bevan Jones

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