1930 ~ 2017
Lee Jones, 87, passed away on May 15, 2017 in Provo, Utah.
He was born March 1, 1930 to Parley Penrose and Lillian
Dorothy Mortensen Jones in Virden, New Mexico, the third
of six children. From an early age he worked on the family
As a young man he served a mission for The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Central Atlantic States
Mission. He continued to be a valiant missionary and force
for good throughout his life.
On March 26, 1952 he married his sweetheart, LaFlorence
Brawley in the Mesa Arizona Temple. They are the parents
of seven children, Michael Lee (Terry), Geralyn Powers (Keith),
Marshall Wayne (Thelma), Terry Ann Griffin (Dean), Pamela
Burch (Paul), Rodney Craig (Kathryn), and Alan Reed (Shelley).
From there his family grew to include thirty one grandchildren
and sixty two great grandchildren. All loved "Grandpa"
because of his great example, his life teachings, and his
He constantly served and taught others about the gospel,
helped many young men become Eagle Scouts, became a noted
Gospel Doctrine teacher and excelled at missionary work.
His kind, gentle and loving manner testified to all who
knew him of his love for our Savior, Jesus Christ.
In addition to farming and livestock management he received
many civic awards for his service in scouting and 4-H. Marvin
worked for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
for thirteen years and used his diverse skills to maintain
all aspects of church buildings.
He and his wife LaFlorence served an 18 month mission in
Leeds, England from 1996-1998. They received their mission
call the same day their first grandson received his. At
one time six grandsons were serving simultaneous missions
in various places around the world, which brought them great
joy. Thirty one family members have served missions.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, seven children
and spouses, twenty nine grandchildren and sixty two great
grandchildren, a sister, Dorothy Lillian Richins (Devaun
Richins, deceased), and a brother Delwin Grant Jones (Maurine).
He was preceded in death by a grandson, Trevor Wayne Jones,
and a granddaughter Kayloni Burch, his parents and three
brothers, Fredrick William (Mary, deceased), Harry Lavern,
and Chester Reed Jones (Patricia, deceased).
Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 22, 2017 at
11:00 am in the Pioneer 2nd LDS Ward Chapel, 450 North 1220
West, Provo, Utah. Family and friends may call Monday morning
from 9:30-10:30 am prior to services at the Pioneer 2nd
Ward Chapel. Interment, Virden City Cemetery in Virden,
New Mexico. Arrangements under the direction of Warenski