Dr. Ton F. Jue 1924-2021
Dr. Ton F. Jue passed away peacefully at his home on May 5, 2021 at 97 years old.
Born in China (Guangdong region), he left at age 12 to be with his father and uncle who were operating a restaurant in Miles City, Montana. There he attended elementary and high school. After graduation, he served in the army during WW II achieving rank of technical sergeant. At the end of the war, he moved to California to attend UC Berkeley where he studied Optometry. While there, he met Thelma Chinn of Watsonville. After their graduation, they married and moved to Santa Cruz County where they settled and raised their 5 children.
Along with his successful optometry practices in Capitola and Watsonville, Dr. Jue was active in community service. He was a member and past president of the Soquel Union School Board, Mid-County Kiwanis, UCSC Affiliates, and county/state tennis organizations.
A man of many talents including oil/watercolor painter, wood sculptor, home chef, stock investment club leader, master gardener, architectural designer (notably several office buildings and Imperial Courts subdivision), his main passion was tennis. He was a nationally ranked tennis player in his age divisions and past champion of Santa Cruz County multiple times. Not only a player, he was an advocate of the game and instrumental in the construction of tennis courts at Cabrillo College and Soquel High. Ton was among those select Chinese - American athletes to be recognized for their excellence in their sport by the Chinese Historical Society of America in 1996.
During the tennis boom in the 1970’s, there weren’t enough courts in the county. It was common to wait hours to play. As was typical of Ton, if there was a problem, he would find a solution. In this case, the solution was more tennis courts and in 1975, he built the Imperial Courts Tennis Club in Aptos. Over time, this was a place not only where tennis was played and families gathered for fun, but also where many long-lasting friendships were made.
A devoted and proud family man, Ton is survived by his wife of 69 years Thelma; children Sally Jue (Vin D’Onofrio), Carol Jue (Ted Brown), Marcia Jue-Pelio (Tom Pelio), Bill Jue (Leslie Katsura), Gloria Jue (Bill Sans); grandchildren Kelena, Parker and Malia Jue, Emma and Aaron Jue-Sans; and nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life event is planned in the future.
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