1929 -Tremonton. LaMar Spencer Jones passed away on October 10, 2017 at the McKay Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah.
The third son of a third son, LaMar was born May 5, 1929, to Harry Elner Jones and Katherine Curtain Jones in Salt Lake City. He had many jobs while going to school, as a paper boy, a pin setter at a bowling alley, gathering golf balls from a nearby golf course, operating the boats at Liberty Park and when he was 16 he worked a summer at the Old Faithful Lodge in Yellowstone National Park. He worked at Interstate Brick during high school and college until he was injured when a pallet of brick fell on him and injured his back and put an end to his running. He graduated from South High School in 1947, where he excelled in track and field. He placed first in the Medley Relay in the Class A State High School Track and Field Meet in 1947. He attended the University of Utah on an Athletic Scholarship and took first in the AAU Meet in 1948 and placed first in the Class A 880 yards in the BYU Invitation Meet.
He went to work for the National Lead Company Corporation, and worked for Kennecott Copper, and worked for the U. S. Bureau of Mines in Grand Junction, Colorado. He went to work for Thiokol Chemical Corporation in 1960 in Manufacturing Engineering. He loved his work, planning and building rockets in the brand new field of rocket science.
He married Jeanne Weed on June 18, 1960 in Las Vegas, NV. They moved to Tremonton in 1961 and then moved to Howell, Utah for three years, returning to Tremonton where they raised their four children, Patti, David, Casey and Kelli. LaMar was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling with Jeanne. His greatest joy was watching his children, and later his grandchildren participating in sports. He was one of the first coaches in the Bear River Little League Football program, where he worked with the 100 pounders.
LaMar retired from Thiokol in 1991 and later became the manager of the Tremonton Super Wash/Buggy Wash and after 19 years retired permanently in 2014. He enjoyed the meeting and greeting of his many customers and made many great friends.
LaMar was a member of the LDS Church and loved telling stories of his ancestors joining the church, marching in the Mormon Battalion, and pushing a hand cart from Missouri to Utah. He knew names and dates and histories of his great grandparents and great great grandparents and many great aunts and uncles.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanne; four children, Patti (Mike) McCarty, Kaysville; David (Joy) Jones, Las Animas, CO.; Casey (Lori) Jones, Tremonton; Kelli (Blair) Westergard, Tremonton; 16 grandchildren, Cris Jones (Thomas Burrows), Trevor (Lindsey Johnson) Porath, Josh (Michelle) Westergard, Matt (Kim Horiuchi) Jones, Morgan (Brandon) Christensen, Kiley (Jason) Holt, Tanner (Kelsey) Porath, Kaitlyn (Joe) Dowling, Kinsey (Caleb) Spotz, Kelly Corbin Jones,Taylor Porath, Ashley Tress, Kindra (Zach) Barrett, Kennedy Jones, Kyle Jones; 17great grandchildren, Abbi, Lexi, Kamas, Tyke, Rhett, Jamillie, Kayszlie, Madden, Emery, Zander, Coen, Stella, Axel, Hayes, Haven ,Cheyenne, Emiko and one on the way.
Also surviving from a previous marriage one daughter, Stephanie Jones; two sons, Kevin (Martha) Robinson, Sean Robinson, two grandsons, Joe Robinson and Reid (Brittney)Robinson; and a great granddaughter.
LaMar was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, C. Mont Jones, Marshall H. Jones, sister, Patricia Thomas, brothers-in-law George (Jessie) Thomas, Wade (Pat) Smalling, Steve (Jackie) Rave, and nephew, Jon Ely.
A celebration of LaMar's life will be on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at Rudd Funeral Home in Garland (1234 S. Main St) at 5:00 p.m.