John D. "Bud" Jones|
1924 - 2014
Devoted husband, loving father, inspirational grandfather, treasured brother, faithful friend, John D. "Bud" Jones went on to be with his wife once more on August 22, 2014.
A memorial will be held at 12:30 PM, on Friday, September 26, 2014 at Cloverdale Funeral Chapel, 1200 N. Cloverdale Road, Boise, ID. A graveside military inurnment will follow at 2:00 PM at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, 10100 N. Horseshoe Bend Rd. Boise, ID.
Born September 19, 1924 to John D. and Esther (Upright) Jones in Bryan, Texas, Dad was raised a southerner with one older sister, five younger sisters and a baby brother, all of whom he loved so very much. He grew up knowing how to "noodle catfish" before it was ever a heard of for a reality show! He left school in the 10th grade to provide for his family, working full time at a dairy. If you knew our dad, you would know what a travesty this was, as he was one of the most intelligent people we have ever met. He advocated education to his children and grandchildren for the rest of his life.
A patriotic American, Dad volunteered to serve our country by joining the Navy in September of 1943 during World War II. He served three years as a Gunner's Mate until the end of the war, when he was honorably discharged.
He returned to Bryan after the war and started working for Holick Boot Shop, making custom cowboy boots. One day he saw a beautiful girl working at a drug store with his sister, and his life soon changed. He asked her if she wanted a ride home soon after, and the rest is history. Dad married our mom, Janice Fry, on August 13, 1946 starting a love story that lasted 64 years until her passing in 2010.
Although Dad never lost his love for Texas, and considered himself a proud Texan at heart, Mom was an Idaho girl and quickly brought him home to Council, Idaho where he went to work as a logger, starting a 40 year career in the timber industry with Boise Cascade. The first baby, a girl, came three years later, followed soon by a son. Two surprises came years later when the two "little girls" rounded out our family. Dad was a member of the Lions Club, the American Legion and the Rod and Gun Club in Council.
In 1969, Dad was transferred to La Grande, OR, where we spent the next 24 years. Dad was a civic leader being involved with the Optimist Club, holding office and regularly being seen at sporting events selling hamburgers, hot dogs and beer sausage at the fundraising booth. He was well known for his pit BBQ brisket that he regularly was asked to provide for many civic and social functions. He also was an active member of the BPOE Elks Lodge. Dad was an avid golfer for many years, was a member of the La Grande Country Club, and later in life felt he had achieved a life goal by buying a house on Lakeview Golf Course in Meridian. In retirement he started "The Klub Doktor", a custom golf club business.
After retirement, Dad and Mom longed to be near grandchildren and returned to Idaho to live near their two youngest daughters. Dad golfed daily and was a very involved grandfather with his grandkids, being a school chauffer, lullaby singer and golf advisor, volunteering his time and enrolling his grandkids in the Idaho Junior Golf League. All of his grandkids loved him so much and believe to this day that there could never be a better grandpa in the world.
Dad is survived by his four children, Gwynne (John) Larson, John (Fabienne) Jones, Lynne (Frank) Everidge and Valerie (Brett) Griffith; his grandchildren Ryan Larson, Carey Larson, Meagan (Eb) Jones-Garcia, Clayton Jones, Katherine Jones, Taylor Lyons, Jace Lyons, Cyrus Lyons, Calla Records, Kincade Griffith, Brandon Griffith, Brittany Griffith; and his great-grandchildren Mathilde Vaughan and Stella Lucia Jones-Garcia; his brother Robert "Casey" Jones and sisters Velma Price and Jerry Calvert and numerous extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife Janice, and his sisters Francis, JoAn, Peggy and Mary.
We would like to thank the Boise VA for their excellent care of our dad, with special thanks to the very caring PA Heather Spero; and Treasure Valley Hospice with a heartfelt thanks to Nurse Michelle Behrens, who laughed and cried with us in his last days and hours. But, the most special loving thanks goes to his grandson Jace Lyons, who cared for grandpa for the last four years, giving the loving, compassionate care only a family member could provide. We appreciate you to the ends of the earth.
We will always love and miss you Dad…..Gwynne, John, Lynne and Val
Dad believed that our young people were the key to our future, please in lieu of flowers, we ask for you to donate in his name to the La Grande Optimist Club "Concession Stand", PO Box 3091, La Grande, OR 97850
Published in Idaho Statesman on Aug. 31, 2014