Dr. John Charles “Charley” Jones passed away peacefully in his sleep December 28, 2019. Surely a glorious reunion was held as he saw his angel mother for the first time in 45 years, in addition to his father and many others who had passed before him. Most importantly he was welcomed by his Savior, Charley testified in the final week of his life that he knew his Redeemer lived.
Charley was born June 14, 1936, the first child of John F. “Jack” Jones and AnnaLou Oldham. Charley primarily spent his youth in Provo, UT. He and his sister Kathy frequently visited Coalville to visit his beloved aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents. A bright, inquisitive red head, Charley had a thirst for knowledge and a slight tendency to get in trouble. He was an excellent student who loved to read until his final days. He graduated high school early and enrolled in the University of Utah. While a student at the U he and his friends orchestrated a prank to steal the victory bell from rival BYU (it was later returned!). Later in life he returned to his Provo roots and became an avid BYU fan and booster, however he always wore red long johns to the annual rivalry football game and had a soft spot for his alma mater.
He went on to study dental science at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in San Francisco and became a practicing dentist in California. He eventually completed additional schooling in Chicago and became an Oral Surgeon. He established an Oral Surgery practice in Orem, UT and a personal residence in Pleasant Grove, UT. He loved Pleasant Grove and maintained his residence there the remainder of his life. If you had your wisdom teeth removed in Utah County in the 70’s, 80’s or 90’s…he was probably the one who did it.
Charley was a veteran of both Vietnam and Desert Storm, rising to the rank of Lt Colonel in the United States Army. He was a patriot who loved his country and demonstrated his devotion in word and deed.
Charley was an avid hunter and was often referred to as Dr. Duck. He loved to hunt waterfowl, pheasants, deer and elk. He also enjoyed fishing and became a skilled fly fisherman later in life. He was a prolific gun and knife collector. He learned how to build knives and demonstrated remarkable skill at the craft. More than hunting itself, he loved owning hunting dogs. He would often speak of former dogs Chris and Brutus with great affection.
Charley married Coral Judith Andersen in 1961, together they raised three sons Rob, Darin and Eric. Subsequently he married Mary Buckmiller and become a caring stepfather to Mike, Stevie and Ryan. He loved being a father and grandfather and was committed to all six boys and their families. He believed in communicating love by doing things together and was often planning outings with his loved ones. Usually the activities involved hunting, fishing, shooting or trips to Cabela’s! The daughter of one of his “Coalville cousins”, Holly Judd Kofford, raised her family near Charley and became a constant in his life. He loved her and her children like his own.
More than anything Charley loved his Savior. He was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served as a branch president, high councilor, young men’s president and a myriad of other callings. His love of learning and study extended to the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. His two favorite callings were Gospel Doctrine instructor and serving as a missionary in the addiction recovery program. He had a steady, unwavering conviction that Jesus could fix his mistakes and heal the world around him.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father. He is survived by his sister Kathy (Devon) Johnson of Murray, UT; Sons Rob (Susan) Jones of Bluffdale, UT, Darin Jones of Salt Lake City, UT and Eric (Charlotte) Jones of Santa Rosa, CA; Stepsons Mike (Ann) Lichfield of Ogden Valley, UT, Steven Lichfield of American Fork, UT and Ryan (Lindsay) Jones of American Fork, UT; honorary daughter Holly (Kent) Kofford of Highland, UT; 15 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren
Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, January 4, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Orchard Ward, 828 S Locust Ave, Pleasant Grove, Utah. Family and friends may attend a viewing from 9:00 -10: 45 a.m. prior the services. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.
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