|Birth: ||Jan. 12, 1921|
|Death: ||May 30, 2008|
Donald Leon Joseph Jones, 87, a Gooding resident, died Friday May 30, 2008 at his home.
Don was born Jan. 12, 1921 in Boise, Idaho, the son of Joseph and Lenore Proctor Jones. Don moved to Gooding as a small child; he spent most of his life in Gooding, except for the time he spent in the Navy during World War II. Don was the oldest of seven brothers and sisters. At the age of 19 he joined the Idaho National Guard. It was noted that his "horsemanship" was outstanding, landing him the role of shoeing "many a horse". In 1942 he joined active duty service in the U.S. Navy, serving on the U.S.S. Eldorado, as well as being an aide for Admiral Turner and a driver for World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle.
Don married Ilene Talkington, Christmas Eve 1943. They settled in Gooding where Don worked as a mechanic and radiator man for many years. He also raised cattle in the area and did some farming over the years.
Don loved his animals, especially his two special dogs, Willie and Bobby. The horses he owned and rode during the years he held membership in the Gooding Sheriff's Posse brought him much enjoyment.
In later years after retiring, his activities included fishing, playing pool and bowling with the "Seniors" on Friday afternoons.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, three sisters and his wife, Ilene, of 52 years.
Surviving are his sister, Norma June of California; a daughter, Diana (Ron) Petry of Dayton, Ohio, and a daughter, Candace (Scott) Hawk of Twin Falls; four grandchildren, Todd, Shawn, Aimee Petry Leach and Beau Hawk; and five great-grandchildren, Ethan, Keaton and Andrew Hawk and Marley and Griffin Leach.
Published in Twin Falls, Idaho Times News
Created by: Bob & Nancy Cannon
Record added: Jun 06, 2008
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