Lehi Kerry Jones
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Cedar City, UT
Lehi Kerry Jones

Cedar City - Lehi Kerry Jones, husband, father, grandfather, friend, patriot, devoted disciple passed away July 19, 2021 at age 91. Kerry was a victim of the Covid-19 Delta Variant and Pneumonia. He was the third child and oldest son of Lehi Milton Jones and Bernella Elizabeth Gardner Jones. Kerry was born in Cedar City, Utah on October 29, 1929, also known as Black Tuesday. It was the same day as the infamous Wall Street crash that began the Great Depression. He liked to say his birth was the real cause of the crash. In truth, Kerry had a bright mind and a true gift for understanding economics and government. After attending public schools in Cedar City, Kerry enrolled in the Branch Agricultural College (BAC) from which he graduated in 1949. He then continued his education at the University of Utah and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Finance. His keen understanding of the subject lead one professor to ask that he drop out of the class. Kerry's grasp of material was greater than that of the instructor and had become an embarrassment to his teacher. Following his graduation from the U. of U. in 1951, he was inducted into the United States Army. He received training at Fort Lewis and Camp Roberts where he was placed in a Leadership Course before being sent to ChunChon, Korea. There he was made Company Clerk. Sergeant Kerry Jones was discharged in 1953 and returned home to Cedar City. The following year he purchased Jones Equipment Company from his father and expanded the business in 1961 with the purchase of Southwest Distributing. He operated the company under the name Jones Equipment and Southwestern Distributing until its sale in 1975.

Kerry married Carol Ann Parry in 1956. To this union were born three children: Julie Ann, Kirk Parry and Mark Lehi. He liked to relate stories of the kids' growing up years and he was a devoted father. The marriage ended in divorce. In 1973, Kerry was elected Mayor of Cedar City. At what he referred to as a raucous city animal control meeting in early 1974, Kerry met Mrs. Sue Jensen, a woman who had come to fight city hall over what she thought was unfair treatment of dogs. In 1979, Kerry became Chairman of the Iron County Republican Party with Sue Jensen as Vice-Chairman. By this time both Kerry and Sue were divorced and their personal relationship began. Lehi Kerry Jones and Barbara Sue Scalf were married in the St. George Temple on June 24, 1982, later sealed together in the Salt Lake Temple. In that same year, Kerry was installed as a member of the Board of Directors for State Bank of Southern Utah. Chosen by the Board to be bank president in 1984, he assumed that role at the time an FDIC/State audit with a Cease & Desist Order was impending. Through great effort and skill on the part of Kerry and the Board of Directors, the crisis was handled and State Bank of Southern Utah was back on a strong footing. Through the rest of his life, he felt a great sense of dedication to the welfare of the bank and its shareholders.

Kerry was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in many ward and stake capacities. He and Sue were Ordinance Workers in the St. George Temple for more than ten years. They also served in the Cedar City Temple until the covid-19 pandemic required it to close. He served in the University First Stake with two Stake Presidencies. At the time of his death, he was giving devoted service as Stake Historian in the Cedar City West Stake. Kerry had a deep love and devotion for Jesus Christ. He was a man of great compassion. Although his hard work and ingenuity provided a comfortable life for himself and Sue, he was in many respects a simple, humble, good man who loved his family and devoted his life to making the world a better place. He was strongly conservative in his political and economic dealings yet he always treated others with fairness and respect. Somehow, ninety-one years seems too short a time for this special man.

Kerry is survived by his eternal sweetheart Sue and his children, Julie Ann Groo (Donny Cook) of Tacoma, WA; Kirk Parry (Becca) Jones of Cedar City, Mark Lehi (Lisa) Jones of Atlanta, GA and step-daughter Julie Jensen Hernandez (David Houchins) of Cedar City. Siblings, Joan Woodbury and Kenneth Jones also survive. He leaves 20 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lehi and Bernella Jones, sisters Marolyn Siddoway and Cynthia Line, and brother Jackson Jones, stepsons Steven (Barbara) Jensen, and Daniel Jensen.

Kerry would not wish anyone else to endure what Covid-19 caused him to bear. In respect for him, those attending the visitations and funeral will be asked to wear masks. For the benefit of all who cannot or choose not to wear mouth and nose coverings, the service will be offered via Zoom. He would wish us to hear his last plea: that all may live with integrity, honor this great nation as he did and love the Lord with all your heart.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 12:00 pm at Cedar 9th Ward (256 S. 900 W.). Visitations on Friday, July 30, 2021 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm, at Southern Utah Mortuary (190 N. 300 S.) and Saturday from 10:30 - 11:30 am, at the church. Online condolences can be sent at www.sumortuary.com.

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Published by Spectrum & Daily News from Jul. 25 to Jul. 27, 2021.
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Dear Sister Jones, I worked with you in the temple. I just read of your beloved husband. I send my love and prayers for your comfort and peace. I am so sorry. Marie J. Rice
Marie J Rice
September 10, 2021
We were sad to read of the passing of Kerry. We know he will be missed by his family, friends, and associates. We admired him and are so glad to have known him. He had such a nice smile and seemed to be a friend to all.
Steve and Maureen McKibben
August 4, 2021
Kerry Jones was one of the greatest men I know respected and loved. He was a brilliant man with a heart of gold, he was good friends with my father as well as shared business dealings and many years on the board of directors for State Bank of Southern Utah...he will be greatly missed. My love and gratitude for knowing and loving both Kerry and Sue Jones. I consider them friends. With love and sympathy for this great family.

Julie Blackburn Bishop
New Harmony Utah
Julie Bishop
Friend
July 31, 2021
Becca & Ted Tateoka
July 29, 2021
Uncle Kerry was always so kind to me. His smile was infectious. I wish I could attend so that I might hug his family. I am mourning from afar and my prayers have been continual for each of them. I know that my dad will miss him. He loved and respected him so much.
Lisa Beedle
Family
July 29, 2021
Please accept our sympathy at this time of loss. Kerry gave great service to Cedar City and will be missed.
Sara Penny
Friend
July 28, 2021
Sorry to hear about Kerry passing, he was a great guy, he was a long time customer of ours at DelRay's Auto Body. We appreciated his friendship and will miss the many conversations we had with him. Kerry was always upbeat and positive and a joy to visit with, he will be greatly missed. Our condolences to the Jones Family.
DAREN BENSON
Friend
July 28, 2021
My condolences to the Jones' family. My father (Vivian Prince) was employed by Kerry at Jones Equipment Company and Kerry was one of my first employers. He was a great man with a even greater heart. I remember once when someone came in to the store to buy something that the company didn't have. Kerry went out the back door, down the street and purchased the item and then came back to the front to let the customer know he had it. He was a great example. I spent many days after school at Jones Equipment and Kerry always treated we as a friend. He will be missed.
Elwin Prince
Friend
July 27, 2021
Kerry was a man of integrity and grit. It was an honor to work with him at State Bank. We will always appreciate him and his kindness and leadership. We hope Sue will be blessed in her time of need.
Ron and Sandy Heaton
Friend
July 27, 2021
Kerry was an integral part of the back bone of Cedar City, it is a great loss to the city, we owe a debt of gratitude to this good man and his loss will be felt throughout this community. Well done Kerry.
Thomas Milner
Friend
July 26, 2021
Our condolences to the Jones' family. Kerry was a kind and helpful man to my mother, Mary MacDonald.
Lauren Varney
Neighbor
July 25, 2021
Kerry was a man of integrity and honor. I admired him and enjoyed being associated with him in our stake callings at SUU. He was a champion for Cedar City and his country!
Randall and LeAnn Phillips
Friend
July 25, 2021
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