Leslie Mel Jones was born on July 19, 1951 to Melvin Lee and Evalyn Jones in Logan, Utah. He was named after his grandfather Leslie Peel who had passed away the prior year. The family moved back to Mesa, Arizona, where Les attended Erving and Edison Elementary Schools, Mesa Jr. and Kino Jr. High Schools, Westwood High School and Mesa Community College. He served a 2-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Uruguay/Paraguay. Upon returning home, he attended Brigham Young University where he met his wife Julene. They were married for time and eternity in the Los Angeles Temple, March 9, 1974.
Les started his work career at the age of 8 working for his father’s company, Mel Jones Masonry, sweeping the office and cleaning up around the yard. By the time he was 14 he spent his summers, after school, weekends and holidays on the construction site working with the other tenders, masons and then laying block – competing with the best masons on crew. He took pride in showing all the homes, fences and commercial properties he worked on around the valley. He worked briefly in real estate and in 1986 began working for Arizona Block. The company later purchased Superlite Block Company where he worked till his medical retirement in 2014. He developed deep friendships with many that he continued till the end of his life. Because of his fluence in the Spanish language, he was called to translate often for his father and in his work.
He experienced many health challenges and live with pain for many years. Despite his hardship, he tried to always have a joke and a smile. His love for his family, friends and his Savior Jesus Christ never wavered.
He passed away on November 30, 2020, on his grandfather Willard Jones’ 138th birthday.
Sons: Jeremy, Joshua, Justus (deceased); Wife: Julene; Siblings: Randy (Marie), Brenda, Willie, Glen (Sylvia) and Ivan (Allison).
We are grateful for his life, his hard work and dedication, his love of family and mostly love of the Lord.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks if you would find an opportunity to serve any of you neighbors – even in some small way.