Jonathan Bailey
1978 - 2020
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Jonathan Bailey

Reno - Jonathan Douglas Bailey, born January 19, 1978, beloved son of Douglas and Kathleen Bailey, ended his journey on earth Monday, October 12, 2020. He is survived by his daughter Scarlette—whom he loved "to the moon and back"; his parents, Douglas and Kathleen Bailey; his siblings, Jennifer and Jim Debenham; Joseph and Diana Bailey; David and ClairAnn Bailey; Anne and Shawn Odell; Emily Bailey; James and Mishala Bailey; and Karen and Ben Wallek; and twenty-five nieces and nephews, for whom he was their adored "Unca Jon."

Jon strove for excellence in all his pursuits, whether he was tucking in his shirt perfectly (no wrinkles!) as a little boy, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout as a teenager, or completing a bachelor's and master's degree in civil engineering, with honors, as a young man at BYU, second best was not in Jon's vocabulary. He took that excellence into his professional career where he acquired a Professional Engineer license. And he continued his hard work and dedication as a developer and broker, over-seeing the construction and development of many commercial and residential projects throughout northern Nevada.

But the role Jon adored best—the role he was made for—was that of father. Scarlette was his true joy, his everything. Whether he was taking her sailing, or skiing, or for a shoulder ride on a daddy-daughter hike, Scarlette was his best adventure buddy.

Jon—with his infectious sense of humor and brilliant mind—was everyone's favorite conversation partner. Jon—with his personal drive and focus on excellence—was an example to all of what it is possible to achieve with hard work and dedication. Jon—with his love of the outdoors and his eagerness to do all the things (biking, skiing, hiking, and most recently, sailing)—showed us that life is a glorious adventure. Jon—with his generous heart and fervent love for others—taught us what it means to be a cheerleader, a mentor, an encouraging friend. If Jon saw something you loved to do, something you were born to do, he set about supporting you to achieve it. If he saw a wish that needed granting, he looked for a way to grant it. All who have been fortunate enough to know him have been blessed by his goodness and light.

It is impossible to fill the void left in our hearts at his passing. Jon taught us that desert rainstorms are meant to be walked through, breathed in. Trails are meant to be explored, adventured. And people are meant to be encouraged, loved. We are comforted in our belief that we will one day walk in a desert rainstorm together again. And in the meantime, we will do our best to be a light to others as he ever was a light to us.

A viewing will be held from 9:00 AM till 9:30 AM with the funeral service to begin at 9:30 AM on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at Mountain View Mortuary, 425 Stoker Ave, Reno, NV with an interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery.



Published in the Reno Journal-Gazette and Mason Valley News from Oct. 15 to Oct. 16, 2020.
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October 18, 2020
I've known Jon since junior high. Throughout the time that I've known him, I saw his love of sports, his loyalty to his friends, especially his boys, and most recently, his closeness to his daughter. He will be missed. My condolences to the Bailey family, Violeta, and especially, Scarlett.
Erzsie (formerly Debby Webb)
Friend
October 17, 2020
I knew Jon through the years as a friend and fellow Civil Engineer in the Reno community. He always had a smile and hug ready. He will be so missed. Rest in peace my friend.
Janelle K Thomas
Friend
October 17, 2020
Jon was one of my favorite people on this planet. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the Bailey family.
Trish
Friend
October 17, 2020
Rest easy brother. Thanks for the good memories. Always to soon for those who don’t deserve to leave. Appreciate the small moments we had. Such a great guy to lose. My condolences to the family.

Marvin
Marvin
Friend
October 17, 2020
Dear Bailey Family,
May you feel the gentle arms of a loving Savior enfolding you within His embrace.
Love, Wendell and Kathleen Waite
Kathleen Waite
Friend
October 17, 2020
We send our love to Doug and Kathy and the entire Bailey family. You are all so close and work to keep each other moving forward. We love you. Our hearts are breaking for you with the temporary departure of this great big soul. Jon was a larger than life being in everyones world, and always had been. I think he loved so big! He tried so hard! He played with all his heart! He laughed with all his being! He gave us all and I never did see the other side where he may have also hurt so much. Regardless, our family memories are of the giant of a man with joy spilling out and his infectious laugh. His kindness and tender side when watching him with Scarlette.
He temporarily leaves us with the mark of a champion. Until we meet again our dear Jon
God Bless your Family
Mary Kishpaugh
Family
October 16, 2020
There are no words to describe the sadness of this great loss. My heart and prayers surround the Bailey family and all that love and adore him. Phil. 4:6-7
Rori Goetze-Brownlow
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October 16, 2020
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October 16, 2020
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October 16, 2020
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Beau Connolly
October 16, 2020
What can be said Jon, i miss your laugh already and the fact that it was always a joy to be around you.
Jonathan McRae
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October 16, 2020
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October 16, 2020
Jon and I have been friends for nearly 15 years. He was by far one the most kind and supportive friends you could find. He was outrageously smart with hilarious wit. I loved him like a brother and will miss him tremendously. Much love to the Bailey family.
Jamie Schmidt
Friend
October 15, 2020
I remember Jon in high school. A constant inspiration to My son Josh and his friends. May he Rest In Peace, and be remembered with Love and joy.
Diana Damo
Diana Damob
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October 15, 2020
Jon and I were friends in high school and the things that stand out to me the most were his kindness, loyalty and sense of humor. I’m grateful to have known him. My prayers will be with his family.
Danielle (Rodriguez) Bagley
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