Marvin Zell Jones, 82, IRS agent, pilot

July 17, 2006

Marvin Zell Jones, a retired Internal Revenue Service agent and amateur pilot, died of congestive heart failure Thursday at his Powell, Ohio, home. The former Glen Burnie resident was 82.

Mr. Jones was born in Washington and grew up in Silver Spring. He graduated from Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal, Va.

After high school, he enlisted in the Army Air Forces, where he was a radar technician. During World War II, he was stationed at several U.S. military bases, including in Galveston, Texas, teaching others to use radar equipment.

While he was in the military, he met Helen Smith, to whom he was married for 61 years.

He left the military in 1946 and entered the University of Maryland to study business and accounting. He graduated in 1951 and began a career with the IRS that lasted until 1979.

When he was transferred to the Baltimore office in 1955, he moved to Glen Burnie, where he lived for 47 years.

He later spent several years in the Medicaid Fraud Control Division of the Maryland attorney general's office, until he retired in 1983.

His son, Michael Jones of Ellicott City, said his father wanted to fly while in the Army Air Forces, but he was not allowed to do so because he wore glasses. Later, when an acquaintance told him people with imperfect vision could earn a pilot's license, he took training at Lee Airport near Annapolis and bought a six-passenger, single-engine Piper Cherokee.

Mr. Jones enjoyed taking friends and family members in his plane and would suggest outings for dinner that allowed him to fly people to the destination, his son said.

He was a member of Harundale Presbyterian Church in Glen Burnie, where he was an elder and deacon and helped manage the organization's finances as a trustee and treasurer. He became a member of Liberty Presbyterian Church in Delaware, Ohio, after he moved to Powell in 2002.

After his retirement, he vacationed with his wife each year in Florida, and they traveled often, including to Europe, Japan and Australia.

A memorial service will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at Liberty Presbyterian Church.

In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Jones is survived by a daughter, Carol McWilliams of Powell, Ohio; a sister, Jean McSweeney of Palm Coast, Fla.; and two grandchildren.

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