David M. “Mike” Jones passed away at home in Pocatello, ID on Sunday, December 14, 2014 with his family by his side. Mike was born in Sweetwater, Texas on September 7, 1947 to David E. and Norma M. (Clay) Jones. When he was 9 months old, the family moved to McGill, Nevada where he grew up with four younger brothers, Kelly, Randy, Kirk and Lee. They were very active boys—playing baseball, football, swimming, building cars, racing motorcycles and generally “raising hell”. Mike graduated from White Pine County High School in 1965.
Mike served as a paratrooper in the Army and received a Purple Heart after being wounded in Vietnam. After his honorable discharge, Mike returned to the McGill area and married his high school sweetheart, Helene Horton, in June 1968. Together they had two daughters, Monica and Stacey. They later divorced. In December 1992, Mike married Sharon Powell. He loved her two girls, Krystal and Kathryn, as his own, and adopted Kathryn.
Mike worked at Kennecott and FMC in maintenance operations. He pursued a number of hobbies over the years: knife-making, metal-works, woodworking, archery, fishing, computers and bowling. He would pursue each with a passion until mastered, and then move on to learn something new. He was recognized for bowling multiple 299 and perfect, 300 games. Taking after his mother, and in spite of his “tough talk” of not taking in another stray, Mike was an avid animal lover, and always had several adoring cats. He was a quiet man, happy just to “be”, and had a wonderful sense of humor.
Mike is preceded in death by his parents, David E. and Norma Jones, and brother, Kirk Jones.
He is survived by his wife Sharon Jones, daughters Monica (Nolan) Hoffer, Stacey (Chris) Pound, Krystal Powell, Kathryn Jones; six grandchildren, Josh and Britney Hoffer, Alex and Cody Pound, Jacelyn and Adelyn Jones; his three brothers Kelly (Cindy) Jones, Randy (Mary) Jones, Lee (Giove) Jones, sister-in-law Karen Jones, and their extended families.
In lieu of flowers, please visit www.gofundme.com/iyltfw to give a gift to help with medical bills or donate to the Disabled American Veterans in Mike’s name. A Celebration of Life for family and close friends will be held after Christmas. Cremation is under the direction of Downard Funeral Home at 241 N. Garfield Ave., Pocatello, ID 83204.