Bobby Wood Jones
October 30, 1939 ~ November 4, 2021
Our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle, Bobby Wood Jones has returned with honor to his heavenly home at the age of 82.
Bobby was born on October 30, 1939 in Cedar City, Utah to Jessie W. and Lea May Jones. He grew up in Enterprise, Utah a close-knit farming community where he developed many qualities that served him well his entire life. From an early age, he had many responsibilities to help his family through difficult times. His childhood years were filled with the loving presence of siblings, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins who lived within a few blocks of his home. Bobby enjoyed hunting and hiking in the surrounding hills, riding horses, playing basketball, community dances, and the company of one lovely young woman in particular.
Bob served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the New England States from 1962 to 1964. Those treasured missionary experiences further forged his testimony and conviction into a bedrock that was a sure foundation. Bobby boldly shared his love of the gospel and love for the Savior, Jesus Christ, throughout his life.
After serving a mission, Bobby came home and married his high school sweetheart, Darleen Banks, in the St. George Temple on June 19, 1964. They lived in Cedar City, Enterprise, and then moved to Riverdale in 1970. They delighted in their growing family of three daughters and three sons. Their home was open to many who needed a sanctuary and were loved as family.
Bob spent 25 years as a firefighter/EMT for the Ogden City Fire Department. This career was a natural expression of his desire to help and serve people. In addition, Bobby worked a variety of side jobs to provide well for his family, including power line worker, farmhand, dairy farm worker, fence installation, yard care, carpentry, and handyman. He called himself a “jack of all trades and master of none.” Everyone around him knew they could count on him to figure out how to do almost anything. These jobs had one thing in common, hard physical labor. He could outwork men half his age. Work was like breathing to him; it’s what he loved to do. He served family, neighbors, ward members, and strangers selflessly; a stalwart disciple of Jesus Christ, he lived his testimony by serving others.
Bobby enjoyed gardening, deer hunting, basketball, and a cold Dr. Pepper, but he really loved people and that meant everyone. He never met a stranger who wasn’t a friend within a short period of time, and those friendships often lasted decades. His sense of humor and infectious laugh endeared him to many.
Bob is survived by his eternal companion, Darleen; and his children, Norene (Randy Smith), Denise (Jeff Adams), Kevin (Leslie), Aaron (Michelle), Warren (Jaime), and Wendy (Jared Weight). His 27 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren were his delight and joy. He is also survived by his sisters, Lorene, Deanna, and Raelene and brothers, Rudy and Rick; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his younger brother, Denny, who passed away while Bob was on his mission, and whom he sorely missed.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 12, 2021 at 11 a.m. at the Riverdale Second Ward, 5500 South 1175 West, Riverdale, Utah. Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, November 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd. and Friday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church.
Masks are requested.
Interment will be in the Enterprise Cemetery on Monday, November 15, 2021 at 1 p.m.
Services will be live-streamed and available by scrolling to the bottom of Bob’s obituary page.