Dayle R Jones passed away to the other side of the veil, Saturday, December 17, 2022, at home in Granger, Indiana (Mesa transplant). Prior to, he said to his loving, eternal companion, Gwenda, “Thanks for taking such good care of me!”
Born in a small town, Nevada, he became a dutiful son to Bob and Elaine Jones and a protective older brother to siblings Susan and Glennis. Through many moves and frequent relocations (his Dad’s Construction work), he enjoyed his family and became adept in the outdoors, nature and sports with new surroundings and people increasing his growth and people skills. Dayle developed attributes of patience, persistence and perseverance from lengthy rebuilding after enduring a major family life-changing, life-threatening accident. Going forward with faith, his tenacity increased throughout many similar challenges.
A real worker trained on various jobs, like pulling together on a road crew or being a ranch hand with a bonus, earning own horse. A life-long learner both through education and experience: In college, Business and Construction Management: Throughout life, continual courses, classes, “school of hard knocks”, multiple construction jobs and studying (most especially the scriptures, which he often shared) and applying this knowledge and wisdom.
Dayle married the love of his life, eternal sweetheart and companion. Gwenda Marie. Those temple covenants for time and all eternity were significant and the guiding focus of their lives. The family was very important to Dayle. Blessed with seven children, six sons and one daughter (listed later), he shared teamwork with his love, Gwenda, to teach them the gospel, to love and serve, to work and play hard, to learn and develop self, socially and testimonies (Savior, principles of truth, light). He strived to teach skills, duties and responsibilities by providing guidance, mentoring, counseling and correcting when needed and participating in life events. Attending countless sport games, concerts, meets and myriads of projects, he provided leadership demonstrating he cared. He coached sport teams, did service projects, even dates to build character. His children loved his ability to listen, learn and help. He diligently labored to build a strong home. He had an incredible work ethic and valued work with motto: “If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well,” giving lots of good, often demanding work opportunities on his jobs, home and in the community. Also, his aliases were “Super Scouter” and “Superman”!
Following in Family Tradition – (Masters in Construction, Dad, Robert Wm. and Granddad, Wm. L.(Disney Builder)) – Dayle became a Builder, knowledgeable in all (most all) aspects of Construction. Although he built many varied great projects, structures and buildings across the country, he loved people and chose to build job unity and teamwork by valuing them and their contributions. He was well-respected and trusted by others in all walks of life and/or stations held. Expecting high quality work, he instilled confidence with a problem solving positive I-can-do-attitude. Dayle appreciated honesty, even if it wasn’t always popular. A real patriot, he promoted country, respect and good foundational principles. He enjoyed hiking, water activities, gardening and countries’ beauties.
Dayle served faithfully in many callings in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including missionary service. Though not a lime-lighter, he was a double-header, using his quiet strength and confidence and firm resolve leadership. He was rewarded by youth learning life skills, keeping promises and able to instruct and counsel the brethren in all aspects of life while learning himself. He honored his Priesthood Power to bless his family and the lives of many people. He loved to minister to and serve. If work was needed, he was there. He liked sharing his scheduling and organizational skills and knowledge and expertise to get a job done (right!) and move forward. He especially liked serving many, many years in the Mesa, Arizona Temple with his Eternal Companion, Gwenda. The Temple was an important part of his life. He was always grateful to be serving The Master Builder, his Firm Foundation Rock, his Lord and Savior.
Dayle was fun-loving and had a sense of humor. He liked to joke around with his many grandchildren calling them “pink or blue tacos.” But His favorite thing to do was to spend time with his devoted and supportive wife, sweetheart and eternal companion making a beautiful life together.
He will be remembered as a True Disciple of Jesus Christ, a Dedicated Eternal Companion and Dad, Funny Family Man, a Worker, Doer, Builder, Leader and a Really Good Man!
Dayle is survived by his eternal companion, Gwenda M. (G.) Jones, one daughter, Rachelle M.(Jeff) Morrison, six sons, Jim Robert (Melissa) Jones, Rick M. (Ellen) Jones, Garron R. (Dena) Jones, Royden D. (Jennifer) Jones, Reese D. (Christi) Jones, Reagan Wm. (Dawnett) Jones; one sister, Glennis (Stuart) Monson; twenty-nine (30?) grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren. Preceded by parents, Robert Wm. and L. Elaine Jones, sister Susan L. (Kennedy-Jensen) and Dear Special Mentor, Jim Brown.