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34 April 2018 www.thunderpress.net THUNDER PRESS by Felicia Morgan Mickey Jones, easily one of the world's most recognizable and beloved bikers, passed away on February 7 with his wife Phyllis by his side. Jones spent the entirety of his 76 years living out loud as a benevolent personality who won friends everywhere he went. As a widely-known character actor, musi- cian and personality, Mickey was known to use his fame to promote a myriad of worthy causes, mostly focused on children's issues. As a lifelong rider and motor- cycle enthusiast, he was regularly found leading packs of riders on vari- ous runs including riding as Grand Marshall of the BAD (Bikers Against Diabetes) ride, serving as emcee for the Southern California Love Ride, and he was even an honorary member of the Victor McLaglen Motor Corps. He often told about his terrifying stint at the top of the McLaglen High Pyramid during a performance by the famous motorcycle stunt team as the other members talked the big man through the show. In 2003, the National Coalition of Motorcyclists presented Mickey a Silver Spoke award for his positive portrayal of motorcyclists throughout his lengthy acting career. The always-jovial Jones had a great sense of humor and loved to tell jokes. In 2009, he published his auto- biography titled That Would Be Me, the title taken from the catchphrase often used by his character "Pete the construction worker" on the TV show Home Improvement. One of the more memorable scenes of that program had the famous musician showing off his notorious skills as a drummer by playing a plastic garbage can and gas cans as drums, using screwdrivers as drum sticks. It was his skills as a musician that originally set the charismatic and genuine Jones on the career path that spanned his entire life and was sparked before he was even out of high school, leading to over a dozen gold records with performers like Trini Lopez, Bob Dylan, Kenny Rogers and several others. Drumming led to acting and included dozens of fi lm and television credits to include performances in shows like Sling Blade, Tin Cup, National Lampoon's Vacation, M*A*S*H, Baywatch and many more, where he was an easily recogniz- able personality. Musician Johnny Rivers, who Jones played with when young, played gui- tar and sang at his funeral where mourners ranging from motorcycle clubs members and fellow actors to law enforcement and riders all came to pay their respects. Mickey Jones was famously kind and gracious to fans and very close to his family. In addition to his list of skills and talents, Mickey will be best remembered as a gracious gentleman, wonderful friend and benevolent soul who made a difference in the lives of everyone he met. 4 IN MEMORIAM Mickey Jones, June 10, 1941– February 7, 2018

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