Gregory Jines



It is with a heavy heart that Greg’s family and loved ones report his recent passing.

Greg was a fun, gregarious, generous and caring individual. His first concern was always for those less fortunate than himself, and he took steps to help.

He was born April 14, 1958, in Ventura, Calif. He formed lifelong friendships there, and after two years of living in Ahwahnee, he graduated from Yosemite Union High School (Class of 1977) and returned to Ventura.

He was a passionate and skilled square dancer and spoke often of the cross-country road trip he took to attend a convention in Florida in his early 20s. He spent a few years framing buildings when he lived in Palmdale with his first wife, Katie (Horning) Jines, whom he married in 1982.

After the dissolution of his marriage he returned to the mountains and followed his father’s footsteps into the concrete pumping business. He married Kathleen (Beshears) Jines in Oakhurst in 1999, and remained married until 2010. He formed his own business, appropriately named Greg’s Concrete Pumping, and served the Oakhurst and Mariposa areas from his home in Bootjack until his passing.

Greg was the quintessential “Mountain Business Man,” trading favors and good will with all those with whom he had contact. He maintained a wide circle of friends with countless dune buggy and boating trips, and abundant laughter. Copious laughter. In fact, if you listen carefully, you can still hear it, it just seems to be coming from above now.

Greg lived a full and wonderful life, balancing work with pleasure and enjoying his friendships and family. He was taken from us by skin cancer, at far too early an age, and has left a hole in our hearts. He died on Sept. 1, 2020 at the age of 62.

Greg is survived by his girlfriend and partner, Judy McDonough of Bootjack; parents, Jack and Diane Jines of Oakhurst; brother and sister-law, Alan and Beth Jines of Oakhurst; sister Juli Jines of Kremmling, Colo.; and his nephews and nieces: Nathan Jines of Oakland, Calif., Bradley Jines of Scotts Valley, Calif., Aspen Setaro of Pompano Beach, Fla., Kelsey Clayton of Big Fork, Mont., and Bailey Reker of Elk River, Minn., and their partners.

A web site has been established by Palm Memorial-Sierra Chapel (Greg’s Memorial Web Page) where you can leave comments and share memories that will be enjoyed by his friends and family.

A celebration of his life will be held on Sept. 26, 2020, at 10 a.m. at the Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church at 39696 Highway 41, Oakhurst, and all who knew him are invited to attend. The event will take place in the outdoor amphitheater and appropriate Covid-19 precautions will be followed. Please check the Palm Memorial Sierra Chapel website for any necessary updates prior to the service.

One response to “Gregory Jines”

  1. Craig Denny says:

    Everyone should be fortunate to have a friend like Greg. I have never met a man like him. When we got together we called each other brothers from different mothers. We had different views on many issues like politics, but never once did they lead to an argument, we were true friends that could talk through problems. A true friend means that you didn’t have to be afraid to talk about personnel issues, and share your concerns. Greg was just as open, and I could never have more respect for him. Greg was such a vivacious man, his laughter could be heard a great distance. Greg’s generosity was everywhere, one would mention a problem they’re having and Greg would jump right in with offers of help. I remember Greg volunteering to help build the 9-11 towers monument at the Mariposa Arts Park. People will walk on the sidewalks in the Arts Park never knowing that this generous man chose to spend his time and money on his day off for all these people who would never know what a unselfish man he was. I could go on singing the platitudes of Greg that could fill a book, we all have these wonderful memories of this dear man. I ‘m really not sure how we can make it without him, I know I’m having a hard time with his loss. I know Greg would want us to have nice and loving thoughts of him. The last message I have from Greg, he told me of the problems he was having, and not to worry he was going to fight it and recover, Greg’s concern was for me and not himself. He ended his message by saying he loves me, and that was when I knew… I would never see or hear from him again. Greg’s memory will live on, as long as his family and friends can hear his laughter in our hearts, that laugh always put a smile on my face.
    I Love you brother, Craig

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