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Stan Jones
Birth: Jun. 5, 1914
Cochise County
Arizona, USA
Death: Dec. 13, 1963
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Songwriter, Actor. He wrote the 1949 classic western song "Ghost Riders in the Sky." Before Ghost Riders, Jones worked in a copper mine, fought forest fires and was a national park ranger in Death Valley CA. It was in Death Valley that Jones first met the famous director John Ford during the remake of the 3 Godfathers. A year later Ghost Riders was released, and Jones was in Hollywood visiting his friend, actor George O'Brien. O'Brien and fellow actor, Harry Carey Jr, arranged a meeting with Ford. This led to a lasting friendship between the feisty director and the gentlemanly Jones. Jones soon introduced the Sons of the Pioneers to Ford, who would use them in many of his westerns. One of the Sons of the Pioneers later married Ford's daughter and became a well know actor. His name was Ken Curtis. Jones wrote songs for Ford's Rio Grande, The Searchers and Wagonmaster. Jones later wrote the theme song for the western television series "Cheyenne." Disney often turned to Jones to write western themed songs for his television series Disney's Wonderful World of Color, including the Great Locomotive Chase. Jones, in addition to songwriting and singing, appeared in Wagonmaster, Rio Grande, The Searchers and was General Grant in The Horse Soldiers. During his career Jones wrote over 200 songs. 100 of the songs were released. In 1997 Jones was inducted in the Western Music Hall of Fame. Though no matter how famous or successful Jones became, he never lost his down to earth outlook, nor forgot the support and encouragement he received from his wife, Olive. His death was too soon and left too many songs unwritten. It has been said that "Stan Jones was to western music, what Charlie Russell was to western painting." There will never be another Stan Jones. Jones is buried at the Julia Page Memorial Park in Douglas Arizona. (bio by: Randy) 
Family links: 
  John Edward Jones (1864 - 1927)
  Berta Margaret Davis Jones (1874 - 1971)
  Clara B. Jones Hinton (1893 - 1980)*
  Nell Virginia Jones Poehlmann (1896 - 1978)**
  Jeanne Bertha Jones Dubs (1908 - 1991)*
  Stan Jones (1914 - 1963)
*Calculated relationship
I'll see him in the sunrise
And just as day is done.
No more to walk in darkness
For I know now my cares are none.
Calvary Memorial Park
Cochise County
Arizona, USA
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Originally Created by: Randy
Record added: Aug 14, 2006
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Rest in sweet peace, Stan. Thank you for all your wonderful contributions - they were remarkable. You are being remembered today with a smile and a song.
- susan emery
 Added: Apr. 8, 2016

- Cindy
 Added: Dec. 13, 2015

- sjm
 Added: Dec. 13, 2015
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