Darrell Keith Jones
June 21, 1942 – November 7, 2019
Darrell Keith Jones of Grand Junction passed away in his home on November 7, 2019 after battling cancer. Darrell was born on June 21, 1942 in Glendive, Montana. On August 24, 1972 he married Hazel Sharon Blair and together they raised two sons and three daughters.
He was a Christian. He respected family and loyalty. He was friendly with an easy smile and his family knew him as a kind and loving father, friend and husband.
Darrell enjoyed cowboy and western movies. He liked the Broncos and the Rockies, but he LOVED hunting and fishing. He enjoyed a full life of amazing experiences spent in the woods with his sons or on a fishing boat with his son-in-law. Darrell loved fishing in Canada and enjoyed numerous fishing trips that resulted in a fantastic wall hanger that he proudly displayed above his bed. He thoroughly enjoyed his walks with his daughters and eagerly awaited their visits, whether from across town or from across the country. Darrell was a fantastic story teller and had an amazing sense of humor.
After moving from Montana to Colorado, you could find Darrell on the tractor and farming his land in Fruita. He enjoyed working hard and would clock many hours on the evenings, weekends or even in the middle of the night baling hay. Darrell could fix anything. He had an engineering mind: with ingenuity there was nothing that couldn’t be fixed or re-purposed. In addition to farming, Darrell worked much of his life at Frontier Airlines. It was at the “Old” Frontier Airlines where he met his lifelong hunting, coffee drinking, and fishing buddies. He cherished those friendships deeply to the very end.
Darrell has 12 grandchildren. He was proud of each and every one. His favorite pastime in the past year was playing with his youngest grandchildren, twins Beau and Bella. He took great pride in knowing that the babies’ first real word was “grandpa.”
Darrell was a great coach with lots of wins under his belt. He was compassionate and supportive and taught not only sports, but also life-long lessons. He guided many young athletes in both his sons’ and daughters’ sports teams. He never missed a football game, wrestling match, baseball or softball game. Darrell was a great athlete in his own right, earning All-American honors for the undefeated 1960 Montana state champion Dawson County Red Devils football team.
Darrell was preceded in death by his father Clarence, his mother Ruth, his great friend and big brother Donnie, and his sister LaDonna. Loved ones that will miss Darrell until they meet again are his son Randy Beard and his wife Brenda, his son Ron Beard and his wife Debby, daughter Shelly Smith and her husband Wendell, daughter Christie Mahlum and her husband John, daughter Vicki Sanger and her husband Rick. Grandchildren are Casey Smith, Nick Mahlum, Brandon Beard, Brock Sanger, Spencer Rougier, Beau Sanger, Ashley Smith, Jaycey Beard, Shelby Rougier, Jordain Sanger, Bella Sanger, Hayley Lovett and her husband Paton. Sisters Betty Colby, Lynn Balback, and Linda Robson. He leaves behind his wife Hazel who was at his side until the very end; his wife with whom he spent nearly 50 years enjoying their kids, the grandkids, the dogs, the adopted cats, the chickens and the little fox family at their cabin on the lake
Darrell Jones, he was one of the good guys.
- Visitation Friday, November 15, 2019
- Funeral Service Saturday, November 16, 2019
Darrell Keith Jones
Nan (Schuett) LeVar
November 17, 2019
Darrell was a classmate of mine at DCHS. He was indeed "one of the good guys" and deserving of my mom's highest accolade "He's a good kid!" I am very sorry to hear of his death and hope that all the wonderful memories help to heal the holes in the hearts of his family members and friends.
November 10, 2019
I cut Darrell's hair once a month for over 20 years. I haven't known very many people who were consistently wonderful and kind. He was always the same. We always talked about where he was going fishing next. What trips he was taking next. He loved his family the most. He always ended his haircut with time for a few pictures off of his phone. He was a very proud father and grandpa. I will miss his smile and kindness. He was a very easy person to know. I am better for knowing him. Mary Murray