Whitney “Whit” Reldon Jones, 80, our loving dad, grandpa, brother, uncle and friend, passed away on June 3, 2018, due to a well-lived life mixed with Alzheimer’s towards the end.
He was born on April 17, 1938, Easter Sunday, in La Verkin, Utah, to Whitney Jones and Ella Duncan Jones. Whit married Katherine “Kitty” Pearl Walters on Feb. 16, 1957, in Henderson, Nevada. Their marriage was solemnized in the St. George Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He is survived by his children: Darlene (Kevin) Leany, St. George; Penny (Randy) Willard, Santa Clara; Ronald “Ron” (Jill) Jones, Hurricane; Joni (Scott) Ballard, South Jordan; and Jandi Gubler, Santa Clara. He is also survived by 20 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; sister Clara (Cody) Wilkins, Washington City; and numerous family members and close friends. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Kenneth, and his beloved wife, Kitty.
Whit was devoted to his wife, Kitty, and family. They enjoyed taking the family camping and doing various outdoor activities. He taught math, mechanics and diesel mechanics as a school teacher and safely piloted his truck hauling various items for most of his life. He would often take family members with him on long hauls. He spent time working on machines in coal mines in Hiawatha (near Price, Utah) and oil pipes in Alaska.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, taking scenic drives, watching western movies, reading western novels and spending time with his family. He had a litany of fun phrases he would use to entertain his family that he will be remembered by: glad you got to see me; oink, oink; what a hero; imagine that; Clampetts; peanut; Irma; and the world’s tiniest violin, to name just a few.
Whit opened his house to many and gave to those in need. He was handy and could fix just about anything and loved to visit with good friends and loved ones. He will be dearly missed!
- Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 9, at 11 a.m. at the Santa Clara LDS 1st Ward Chapel, 3040 West Santa Clara Drive, Santa Clara, Utah.
- Visitations will be held Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Metcalf Mortuary, 288 West St. George Blvd. and Saturday, prior to services, from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Chapel.
- Interment will be in the LaVerkin City Cemetery, LaVerkin, Utah.