Larry Jones
September 2, 2011

 Lawrence E. Jones September 4, 2011 Lawrence E. Larry Jones, 66, of Bridgeport, died Sunday. He retired from the Syracuse Police Department in 1989 following 20 years of service. Larry was a well-known Native American wood carver, famous for his canes and walking sticks. He gave many of his works as gifts, including one to President Bill Clinton. He was a member of the Onondaga Beaver Clan and the Six Nation Agricultural Society. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. Surviving are his wife of 29 years, Robin M.; sons, Craig, Robb and Jesse Jones; daughters, Jennifer (Dr. David) Campanile, Marla Jones and Brandy (Stanley) Teitelbaum; brothers, Hiram, Owen and Douglas Jones; sisters, Alice Dunning and Esther Sky; eight grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Service and burial will be private. There will be no calling hours. To leave a special message for the family please visit NewComer Funeral Home

Published in Syracuse Post Standard on September 11, 2011

Cicero, NY - A Cicero man missing since he headed off to walk to the New York State Fair Friday was found dead less than a mile from his home today.

Cicero Police Chief Joseph Snell said Lawrence Jones' body was found today in a wooded area about 300 yards off Tuttle Road about three-quarters of a mile from his home.

Snell said there is nothing suspicious and the death appears to have resulted from the victim's medical situation. Jones, 66, had a number of medical issues, including diabetes, the chief said.

According to Snell, Jones' brother found the body about the same time the South Bay and Bridgeport Fire Departments and Onondaga County Search and Rescue were about to start an organized search for the missing man this morning.

Authorities said Jones left his home Friday planning to walk to the state fair where he has a booth at the Indian Village.

A witness saw him walk off Tuttle Road into the area where there's a wide clearing where high-power utility lines cross the area, Snell said. Tuttle apparently wandered out of the clearing and into the adjacent wooded area where his body was found.


Sunday, September 04, 2011, 2:10 PM by Jim O'Hara/Post Standard

CICERO, N.Y. -- Police say Lawrence Jones, 66, has been found dead in the Town of Cicero.

They had been searching for Jones since Friday. He was last seen around 9:45 a.m. that day outside his home on Tuttle Road.

Police said Jones was a diabetic, and did not have his medication with him when he went missing.

Cicero police tell us Jones was found in a wooded area about 200 yards off Tuttle Road. They say it looks like he went for a walk, and may have died of medical issues. At this point, police do not believe his death is suspicious.


Onondaga artist, former Syracuse police officer to be remembered Tuesday

Syracuse, NY ó Larry Jones, a member of the Onondaga Nation Beaver Clan, put his heart and soul into his artwork and each summer he displayed his craft in his booth at the Iroquois Village during the New York State Fair.

Larry Jones of Cicero, an Onondaga of the Beaver Clan, works on a carving while attending his booth at the "From the Earth" festival at Onondaga Nation School in this 1998 file photo. Jones, a retired Syracuse police officer, said he finds a lot of dead wood, but through his carving, he tries to bring them back to life. He died earlier this month.  Photo by Peter Chen/Post Standard

Jones was reported missing after he left his Cicero home Sept. 2 to walk to his booth at the fair. His body was found Sept. 4 less than a mile form his home. His death was the result of medical conditions, police said. He was 66.

Jones was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and retired from the Syracuse Police Department. He retired in 1989 after serving 20 years with the police department.

"He was dedicated in both services," said Ed Uhlig, who served in the Marines and in the police department with Jones. "He was great guy to work with and a very good Marine."

Uhlig and other former members of the Syracuse Police Department will share memories of Jones at a memorial service at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the American Legion on Academy Street, in Syracuse.

Campanile and her siblings are inviting friends, family and community members to the memorial to remember Jones and celebrate his life.

Marla Skye Jones, a daughter, said her father always wanted to write a book and she hopes his friends and former co-workers will share stories of him that can someday be put in a book about his life.

Larry Jones holds his life story walking stick that he carved with a beaver on the top in this 2000 file photo by Suzanne Dunn/Post Standard

Skye Jones said her fatherís work will also be on display along with a painting she is working on as a tribute to him.

"He is the one that got me into art," Skye Jones said. Art was something special he shared with his children, she said.

Tracy Thomas, a member of the Wolf Clan of the Mohawk Nation and a fellow woodworker, said Jonesí death left a hole in the Native American art community.

"As an artist we were in the inner circle of friends," Thomas said. "We were family. He was a fantastic wood-burner."

Skye Jones said her father only used broken or dead branches and wood in his artwork.

"It was his way of bringing life back to the wood," she said.

Published: Monday, September 12, 2011, 5:58 PM

Larry probably died Sept 2nd, but his body wasn't found until Sept 4th.