Frederick Eugene “Buddy” Jones


Frederick Eugene “Buddy” Jones, 58 (Downey) passed peacefully away Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 from a sudden illness. Buddy was born Jan. 12, 1955 to Fay Jones and Ruth Jones in Downey, Idaho. He survived growing up in the rowdy Jones family consisting of his mom, dad, Gary, Larry, Hal, Anita, Layne, a dog or two and the occasional pet magpie. Buddy may not have been the oldest, but with his striking blue eyes and gruff voice he soon was getting more than his share of attention. Before long the attention turned to his good nature and his natural athletic ability. Throughout his life he made many friends and they were always lifelong friends. His friends at 20 were still his friends at 55. He attended Marsh Valley High School. He excelled as a catcher in baseball and a linebacker/tight-end in football. He developed a lifelong love of wrestling and became state champion in his junior year. A year after high school he started work for Eddy’s Bakery and he continued to work for them for the next 39 years. Through all those years he never called in sick. (although he may have hurried the route during hunting season). His last months were spent driving school bus for the Marsh Valley District. In 1979, Buddy was married to the love of his life, Bonnie Stocks in Pocatello. They continued to be crazy about each other every day they were together. They were blessed with 3 wonderful and unique children, Milissa (Brad) Austin, Miles (Tiffany) Jones, and Macee (Dusty) Crowton. Buddy loved spending time with his family and friends. He especially loved being in the mountains. Few people knew the mountains and valleys surrounding Downey as well as Buddy. He and his brother Hal learned hunting from “Gramps” and spent many happy mornings hunting together in the hills east of Downey. Later, they learned to send Hal’s boys, Justin and Derrik, to brush deer to where they waited by “Hal’s Rock”. Buddy loved tracking a cougar or just showing his grandkids where to see a mule deer. He loved climbing up a mountain, fishing or just telling fish stories, camping at Mill Canyon with family and friends or coaching a little league team. Somewhere along the line he learned to be an excellent cook and people rarely missed a get-together if his barbecue might be served. He loved playing poker with friends in McCammon or pinochle with his mom and kids. He loved watching horse racing and looked forward to his summer trips to Lake Tahoe. Each of Buddy’s children had a special memory with their dad. For Milissa it was the excitement of the NCAA wrestling championships. For Miles it was a quiet fishing trip with Buddy. Macee loved the time they spent together at Lake Tahoe. Buddy loved his friends and family and watching the sun set over Wakley Peak. But more than anything, he loved his wife, Bonnie. Together, they loved spending time with their grandchildren: Hayli, Paige, Tucker, Carly, Bentley, and Londyn. Not a day went by when the grandkids didn’t see or talk to “papa”. He is survived by his mother, Ruth Jones, father Fay (Donna) Jones, wife, Bonnie, 3 children, 6 grandchildren, 3 brothers and a sister. He was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Lance and Gary, his grandparents, and others he loved who were smiling as they welcomed him to his next adventures. Buddy left this world a brighter and richer place because he spent time here. We’ll miss you, Buddy, but we’ll smile thinking of the time we had together. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 12 noon in the Downey LDS Ward Chapel. Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Horsley’s Marsh Valley Funeral Home, 570 N. Meadowview Dr. in Arimo and again from 10:30-11:45 a.m. on Wednesday morning at the church prior to the service. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Horsley Funeral Home.

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