Arthur James Jones, 92
Arthur James Jones, 92, of Blackfoot, passed away peacefully on July 25, 2014, in Idaho Falls. He was born March 15, 1922, in Sandy, Utah, the oldest of nine children of Evan Arthur and Edna Evans Wood Jones.
Arthur grew up on the family farm on Riverton Road in Blackfoot. He loved horses and his favorite boyhood activity was riding his horse along the river. At age 22, his father became ill and died, leaving his mother with several of his younger siblings still at home. Art took on the responsibility for the family farm and two years later married and started his own family. For the next several years he took care of two families and two farms.
In 1946, Art married Helen Hofer in the Idaho Falls Temple. To this union were born five daughters--Arlene, Vonda, Nola, Shirleen, and Jerilyn. In 1959, Art and Helen had the opportunity to buy a farm in Springfield. They worked together in the dairy business and taught their children the value of hard work.
Helen passed away in 1982 and Art was remarried in 1991 to Joanne Gravatt Claunch. She passed away in 1999 and he remarried again in the fall of 2000 to Bonnie Gamble. Art and Bonnie enjoyed gardening, traveling, and serving as greeters in the Moreland 2nd Ward.
Arthur was an active member of the LDS church serving in many positions, including as First Counselor in the old Blackfoot Fifth Ward under Bishop Clarence Cox. He also served as a temple worker for many years until his health deteriorated. He was a charter member of the Bingham County Sheriff’s Posse, a board member of the Riverton Road Miner’s Ditch, and a director of the Aberdeen unit of the Cache Valley Breeder’s Association.
Art prided himself in his farm. He never had much time for hobbies, but he loved to go for drives on a Sunday afternoon and he loved to talk. He always had time to visit with friends and neighbors. He worked hard his whole life and tried to be fair and honest in all his dealings.
He is survived by his wife, Bonnie, and daughters, Arlene Horton (Gary), of Blackfoot, Vonda Holm (David), of Monte Vista, Colorado, Nola Serra, (John), of Eagle, Idaho, and Jerilyn Key (Floyd), of Lebanon, Ohio. Art is also survived by brothers, Dale, of Crestwell, Oregon, and David, of Blackfoot and sisters, Virginia Atwood, of Bend, Oregon, and Donna Flynn, of Quincy, Washington, and fourteen grandchildren, twenty-six great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Helen, and his second wife, Joanne, and by daughter, Shirleen Davis, and grandson, Clayton Davis.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00p.m. on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at the Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Ave. A viewing will be held the night before on Monday, July 28, from 7:00-9:00p.m. and again one hour prior to the services on Tuesday. Interment will follow the service at the Springfield cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.