David Lynn Jones, husband, brother, uncle, and friend returned to his Heavenly Father on Tuesday, August 27, 2019. David was born on March 11, 1951 in the LDS Hospital in Idaho Falls, Bonneville, Idaho. He was the baby of the family of John Carlos Jones and Lizzie Marguerite Godfrey Jones. He had three older brothers: John Carlos Jr. (Carl), Richard Allen (deceased as a baby), Roger Kay, and two older sisters: Shirley Ann, and Joyce LaVon. His father had his own auto body and paint company.
David grew up in Idaho Falls, Idaho for the first fifteen years of his life. The family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah in June of 1966 after his father had a heart attack the previous year. He graduated from West High School in 1970.
He was called on an LDS mission to California from October 17, 1970 to October 31, 1972. He served under President John K. Edmunds and President DeWitt J. Paul. He labored in the following areas: Long Beach, Reseda, Torrance, Redondo, and San Luis Obispo.
David was living in Northridge, California when the 1971 San Fernando earthquake (also known as the Sylmar earthquake) occurred in the early morning of February 9 in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains in southern California. The unanticipated earthquake had a magnitude of 6.5 on the Ms Scale.
David was awaken from the shaking of the earthquake and saw his refrigerator roll across the floor. It was a very terrifying moment.
David met his future wife, Connie Whitaker, at an LDS institute dance up at the University of Utah. They got married in the Salt Lake Temple on March 15, 1974. They were able to buy a small two bedroom home on Vidas Avenue in South Salt Lake. David traded his beautiful new car as a down payment for the purchase of the house.
We worked hard together to fix up the house painting the walls and putting wood paneling on the west wall of the living room and got beautiful new gold colored drapes. We later got new kitchen cabinets.
After living there for about four years, we sold the house and bought a larger house out in Sandy near his sister, Shirley Larson.
David worked as the manager of the Wadsworth Book publishing warehouse building out west for a number of years. When the recession hit and the warehouse building was closed, David started selling commercial lights. He later bought the business and a building at 125 Commerce Street in South Salt Lake City.
David has a love of animals. He had two dogs growing up named Fangus and Pugh. After his mother died in 2001, David took in his mother’s cat Boo who lived with us for another fifteen years. Just like David, Boo had diabetes and had to have insulin shots each day in his later years.
David is an avid Jazz Fan and liked to watch NBA basketball. He often would go to Jazz games and drafts with his brother, Roger.
He loved electronics and liked to fix computers and have extensive sound systems and speakers. He enjoyed many different types of music from classical, Broadway, and popular. He sang with the Jay Welch Chorale when he was a young man.
He liked to keep busy and worked on remodeling and landscape projects. After being retired for several years, he started working part time at the Amazon warehouse at night.
In spite of many health problems, he kept on going and gave his all to do the things he loved. He has a sense of humor and joked about his problems.
He is survived by his two brothers, Carl and Roger Jones and one sister, Joyce Gray. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Shirley Larsen.
Funeral services will be on Saturday, August 31, at 11:00 a.m. at the LDS church at 1500 E. 8600 S., Sandy, Utah. Viewings will be Friday evening from 6 – 8 p.m. at Goff Mortuary, 8090 S. State, Midvale, and Saturday morning from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the church prior to the service. Interment at Sandy City Cemetery.
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