Don P Jones, a loving father, grandfather, husband and brother passed away peacefully on January 26, 2013 while returning from his son’s funeral. He was born September 18, 1920 in Francis, Utah to Abram and George Anna Jones. He was very proud of his Welsh heritage. He was the second child and the first son of nine children. He graduated from South Summit High School at the age of 17. He was very good student most of the time – thinking he was smarter than most of his teachers. He grew up during the Great Depression and at the age of 14 he started working – milking cows and herding sheep – to help support the family.
He was married to June Gines on June 29, 1940. He and June spent 72 wonderful years together. Their marriage was blessed with eight children: Bonnie (Walt) Rast, Robert (Sheila) Jones, John (Vickie) Jones, Janet (Bob) Thomas, Judy (Lynn) Winmill , Jerald (Gunda) Jones, Bart (Kim) Jones, and Fran (Eddy)Frasure . Their progeny also included 44 grandchildren, 111 great grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren. Each had a special spot in Don’s heart. Somehow, he managed to make every grandchild think that they were Grandpa’s favorite. He loved his frequent visits with them. It was always hard to leave from visits to Grandma and Grandpa Jones.
He was a life-time member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He was a active member of the High Priest Quorum. He served in many church auxiliaries.
He was a proud member of the Iron Workers Union. Throughout his career he was the Project Supervisor or Foreman over many large construction projects. His job took him to many place in the United States and overseas, where he oversaw the construction of many building, plants, bridges and dams.
Upon his retirement, 29 years ago, he and June began spending their winters in Quartzsite, Arizona, where they had many, many friends and truly enjoyed their time together. Don was known for his wit, his intelligence, his thoughtfulness, and his engaging personality. Don was a prolific reader and a skilled fly fisherman. He enjoyed camping, gardening, and visiting with friends and family.
Don is survived by his wife June of 72 years, seven of his children, his many, many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and his brother Ray Jones (Helen), sister-in-law Mona Leavitt, and brother-in-law Blaine Gines. Don is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Del, Floyd, and Lloyd, his sisters, Laurel, Mary, Ida, Leah, three grandchildren and his son Robert.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on January 30, at the LDS Chapel in Moreland (740 West 175 North). Burial will follow at the Moreland Cemetery. Friends may call at the Hawker Funeral Chapel (132 South Shilling Ave.) on Tuesday, January 29 from 7 to 9 p.m., and at the Moreland LDS Chapel from 10-10:45 a.m. prior to the services.