1910 - July 28, 2007
O. Marion Jones died July 28, 2007 at Sandrock Ridge Healthcare Facility.
Marion Jones was born November 5, 1910, in Summit, Iron County, Utah, to Arthur P. and Edna (Hulett) Jones.
During his boyhood to young manhood years, Marion worked in the mines of Utah and Nevada. In the early thirties, he moved to the Little Snake River Valley near Baggs, Wyo., to follow his chosen career of cowboy/rancher. Marion soon met and married Katherine, who was the love of his life. They settled on a ranch several miles west of Baggs. Through much hard work, perseverance and faith, they were able to make a living, buy their ranch, raise their sons and be active in their church and community.
Marion loved horses. Hopefully, there are horses where he is. He was a "horse whisperer" and was slightly amused by the Hollywood concept of that name. "Treat 'em good and work hard" is a philosophy Marion used to break horses and to get along with horses after they were broken. Most of his horses never bucked and, if they did, bucking was discouraged. He also knew the times to be a "horse encourager". Marion remembered the name of every horse he owned whether saddle horse or workhorse. In this day, he might have been called an EMT for animals, especially horses. The nearest veterinarian was far away and many a neighbor asked for Marion's help when their animals were sick or hurt.
The industrial age was not a big deal for Marion - he believed that horse drawn machinery and good horses were enough. He was glad to let his sons do the tractor stuff. Marion and Katherine sold their ranch and moved to Craig in the 1960s. Marion served four terms as Moffat County Commissioner. He did not believe in retirement and remained in the work force until he was more than 80 years old. Most of his employment was with various government agencies and usually involved being on horseback for all or part of the work.
O. Marion Jones was a brother, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great grandfather, commissioner, neighbor and friend. His family misses him, and hopes he's ridin' a purty good horse.
Preceding Marion in death were his parents, two sisters, Agnes (Hunt) and Hope (Truman); three brothers, A. Theone, Herman H. and Dwight H. Jones
Surviving him is a sister, Carita (Staheli), two brothers Trenton H. and Thayne H. Jones; his wife of 74 years, Katherine H. Jones, of Craig; two sons, Marion K. (Jo Ann) Jones, of Billings, Mont., and Larry E. (Nora) Jones, of Craig; granddaughters Mary Kaye Johnston, of Aurora, Cherrie McRae, of Billings, Mont., Julie Littler, of Phoenix, Ariz., Wanda Shue, and Shari Pritchard, Tracy (Bruce) Geske, of Gilcrest, Amber (Mike) Wolery, of Greeley, and Kelsey Geske; and a grandson, Bruce Jones, of Denver.
Other survivors are great-granddaughters Caitlin, Vanessa, Jeanete, Ashley, Chrystalynn, Jessica, Jennifer, Amy, Amanda, Rachael, Terra and Macy; great-grandsons, Colin, Jake, Brandon, Jimmie, Ron Jones, of Colorado Springs; great-great grandchildren Ty, Megan, Michael and Rebecca.
Funeral services were celebrated August 4, 2007, at The Grant Mortuary Chapel with burial at Craig Cemetery.