OBITUARY

Michael De Jones

November 22, 1954November 18, 2021

Michael De Jones, 66, of Mesa, Arizona, died Thursday, November 18, 2021.

He was born on November 22, 1954, to De Nelson and Clayre Elgin Jones in Fort Worth, Texas.

Mike grew up in Colorado and finished high school in Tolleson, Arizona. He graduated from Tolleson Union High School in 1973 and attended Brigham Young University before serving a full time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Fukuoka, Japan. Upon his return he married his sweetheart, Sheryl Kay Kempton, and completed his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Arizona State University in 1980. He later earned a master's degree in civil engineering from ASU while supporting his young family.

Mike and Sheryl were married July 10, 1976 at the Mesa, Arizona temple and they had 4 children.

Mike's love of aeronautics started young when he earned his pilot's license at the age of 18. He worked as a stress engineer for Boeing in Everett, Washington and Mesa, Arizona. Mike loved his work on both planes and helicopters and earned several awards and registered a patent for his aeronautical materials design. After 35 years with Boeing he retired in 2014 to serve a mission with his wife for the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mike and Sheryl loved their time as missionaries in Tokyo, Japan from 2014 to 2016.

Mike loved to cook and create in the kitchen and loved to feed friends and family. He was a gadget and gizmo enthusiast and proudly referred to himself as Grandpa Gadget.

Mike is survived by his lovely wife, Sheryl, 3 daughters and 1 son, 14 grandchildren and 2 brothers and 1 sister.

He was preceded in death by his parents, De and Clayre Jones and his brothers, David Jones and James Jones. Visitation will be 8:00 am Saturday, November 27 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 6655 E Preston Street Mesa, AZ 85215

Funeral services will immediately follow, beginning at 9:00 am.

Internment will take place at 11:00 am at Mariposa Gardens 400 S Power Road Mesa, AZ 85206

Luncheon for all family and close friends returning to the church beginning at 11:45 am.

A live stream of services will be available for virtual attendees: https://zoom.us/j/99704697398?pwd=MkFndTZNTzlEWm5odG1mdFJaNXpkZz09 Meeting ID: 997 0469 7398 Passcode: 502913

  • FAMILY

  • Sheryl Kay "Kempton" Jones, Wife
  • De Nelson Jones, Father
  • CLayre Elgin Kailianukamakaokalani "Banks" Jones, Mother
  • Aimee Skidmore (Lance), Daughter
  • Kendee Rowley (Steven), Daughter
  • Quinton Jones (Kara), Son
  • Jacquee Wenger (Danny), Daughter

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, November 27, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, November 27, 2021

Memories

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Phil Lundberg

November 27, 2021

I have so many fond memories of Mike. What a great, loving, talented man. I am honored to have him as a friend. We met in Japanese classes at ASU after our missions but really became friends after we moved to Mesa into 34th Ward. So much of our life at that time was intertwined with Mike, Sheryl, and the Jones family. Bishopric meetings, including lunch meetings over Thai food. Visits to the Jones cabin. 4th of July Fireworks in Strawberry. Joint dates with our wives and then playing rummy late in to the evening. I even got the honor of being Santa Claus at an extended Jones family Christmas party.

I was always in awe at all of the projects Mike threw himself into and his seeming ability to build anything, I was even more in awe of his love for his family, his generosity, and his willingness to serve anyone who needed his help. I love him and your family and have felt a profound loss since I heard of his passing, I pray the Holy Ghost will comfort you and confirm the reality that Mike is not gone, but has just gone ahead. Knowing him, he is probably working on a project. I see him restored to his full strength, mental acuity, and vitality. I am sure he is working for his family and serving others. Love you all, Phil Lundberg

Rae Lundberg

November 27, 2021

I have so many memories of Mike and times we spent with him, Sheryl and their family. ( You can hardly say Mike without saying & Sheryl, they truly were a team. ) They all hold a special place in our hearts. I think Mike lived to help and service and make people feel loved. We had an old bedroom set that was my grandparents. The bed was a full sized sleigh bed, and we wanted to retrofit it to accommodate a queen sized mattress. Mike offered to build us a new frame that would attach our headboard & footboard, hold our queen mattress and allow some additional length, to accommodate Phil’s 6’4” height. We still have that “built to last” bed. Thanks Mike. That’s just one of many sweet and cherished memories we have of our dear friend. We love you Mike, and your dear partner/collaborator Sheryl. May your cherished memories of Mike sustain you all until you are United once again.
We love you. Rae Lundberg

David Taylor

November 24, 2021

Nothing I say can convey how much I relied on Mike as my Counselor. He would quietly consider situations and then present solutions that I had not considered. As an engineer his training taught him to view a question or problem from all angles, weigh the options and then devise the best course of action. He always showed love for everyone and freely gave to those in need. I wish that I could be but half the man that Mike was. I love him like a brother and will miss him every day. Sheryl you and your family were blessed with a truly great Husband and Father.

Vicki Massey

November 24, 2021

Mike was always a ‘salt of the earth’ thinker type of guy. I remember him as being easy to talk to with a great love for his family and doing service for others. Grant and I wish his family our sincere condolences.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY