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Robert Maxwell "Max" Jones


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Robert Maxwell "Max" Jones Obituary
Robert Maxwell Jones, or "Max," 50, devoted husband, father, brother and son, passed away suddenly Thursday, July 26, 2012, while practicing archery with his sons, Jamison and Josiah, on Chena Hot Springs Road. Max was born May 31, 1962, in Boulder, Colo., and when young, he always dreamed of coming to Alaska. After finishing his teaching degree, he taught elementary school in Chinle and San Carlos in Arizona before driving north where he taught in rural Alaska. Later he returned to graduate school to complete a Master of Arts degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where his creativity, artistic talent and love for Alaska Native and contemporary Native American art unfolded.
For the past nine years, Max worked as the Alaska Native fine arts teacher at West Valley High School in Fairbanks. In this position, Max was able to pursue his passion for art, and encourage his students to develop their individual artistic ability. He took pride in his students' work and enjoyed highlighting their accomplishments to their parents and the school community.
Max was a dedicated father and husband. He and Marilyn often worked on artwork and traditional sewing and beading together. He helped her with ideas, colors and designs, and was an inspiration for her work. They shared an annual summer trip to see the Kenai Fjords, and they recently returned from dip netting at Chitina and Valdez with their children. Max and Marilyn felt particularly blessed having their children Jamison, Josiah and baby Emily, with whom Max had that special father-daughter relationship. Max also had a close friendship with Marilyn's uncle, Leonard Chase, and they often hunted, fished and shared many cups of coffee over the campfire together.  
Max is preceded in death by his twin Tahzay Raymond. Max is survived by his wife Marilyn Chase Jones and children Jamison Leon (14), Josiah Dits'in Chux (9) and Emily Kathryn Nevi (18 months), and stepchildren Aurora Troit, Conrad Claye Jr., Felicia Claye and Misty MacAlpine. His surviving mother is Emily Jones and siblings Tom Jones and Jennifer Armstrong, of Fairbanks.
Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at Spoken Word Tabernacle at 2685 Badger Road in North Pole, with the memorial service beginning at noon. The burial will follow at Birch Hill Cemetery, then a potluck at the Spoken Word Tabernacle.
Arrangements are entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.
Published in Daily News-Miner on July 29, 2012
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