November 23, 2010
Dearly loved husband, family man, friend, and teacher, Sheldon Jones was born on October 15, 1925 to Verl and Vera Jones in Cherry Creek, Idaho. Sheldon was raised in Malad where he grew up to love and participate in various sports. None compared to
his greatest love, baseball, however. After graduating from Malad High School, he was drafted and entered the Army in WWII where he toured England, France, and Germany. He was later ordered to the Philippines where he participated in the Pacific Campaign.
After coming home from the war, he went to Snow College along with some Malad friends. While attending college, he played football and baseball. It was there, he met the love of his life, Faye Nielsen. They were married on June 11, 1949, (later sealed in’72) and spent the next year at USU where he graduated in Business Education. They moved to Lava Hot Springs in 1950 where they planned to live and teach for only one year. It’s ended up being a 60 year stay and 41 years of teaching at Marsh Valley High.
Beloved teacher who influenced thousands through the years, Sheldon was one of few people who truly loved his job. Being in the company of the youth was where he found his purpose in life. He taught three generations of students at Marsh Valley. He loved the youth and continually took personal interest in them. Always the loyal sports fan, he was found at most MVHS sporting events. He was a friendly man, intensely devoted to family, loyal to friends, and profoundly generous. He was the “helping hand” that many people came to for rescue.
He is survived by his faithful wife, Faye, of 61 years and three children: Jeff (Marilee) Jones, Chris (Richard) Vaughan, and Wendy (Bob) McCain. Sister, Carma Hawkins. He was the proud grandfather of 11 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by those who loved him. The Joneses, Vaughans, and McCains would like to thank those of you who have expressed your love and support during this time of tremendous grief.
Funeral services will be held on Monday November 29, 2010 at 12 noon in the Lava Hot Springs LDS Ward Chapel. Friends may visit with the Jones family on Sunday evening from 6-8 pm at Horsley’s Marsh Valley Funeral Home 570 N. Meadowview Dr. in Arimo and on Monday at the church prior to services from 10:30-11:30 am. A complete obituary will follow in Friday’s Idaho State Journal. You may send condolences to the family by visiting www.horsleyfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, friends may contribute to The Sheldon Jones Scholarship Fund at Ireland Bank.