James "Loren" Jones, 72, passed away on Friday, Dec. 18, 2009, doing what he loved to do most, watching his elk on Rocky Mountain Road.
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Loren was born June 28, 1937, to James and Opal (Bohna) Jones in a house that his dad built near the Gallatin River west of Bozeman.
He grew up on farms around the Gallatin Valley and in Bozeman, and graduated from Gallatin County High School in 1955. Soon after, he went to work for the Gallatin County sheriff's department; the Missoula County sheriff's department; and the Montana Highway Patrol. He then worked for several years as a safety supervisor for a major trucking company.
Over the years, he was a woodworking craftsman, which led to his current employment at Gibson Guitar, a job he truly loved.
Loren enjoyed shooting, fishing and camping. But the thing he truly loved the most was taking daily drives and watching "his" elk.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Dan Jones; brother, Percy Jones; and sister-in-law, Ella Mae Jones.
Loren is survived by his wife, Marilyn, and son, Jim Jones, both of Belgrade; daughter, Deanna (Ron) Marshall of Bozeman; daughter-in-law, Tonya Jones of West Virginia; grandchildren, Brandon Marshall, Amanda Jones, and Chris Jones; and great-grandson, Aiden Jones. Also surviving are brothers, Al Jones and Stan Jones; and sisters, Colleen Ewald and Lee Shapel.
Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28, at Christ's Church, 1925 Nelson Road, Bozeman.
Memorials in Loren's name may be made to the National Rifle Association, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Dec. 22, 2009