Steve Jones

Durango resident Steve Jones died after a 12-year battle with lymphoma Sunday, March 17, 2013, at his home. He was 58.

Mr. Jones was born to Oleta Faye and George Poole Jones III on Nov. 17, 1954, in Clovis, N.M. He grew up in Albuquerque and graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in chemical engineering.

On July 31, 1983, he married Elizabeth “Beth” Dooley in Medina, Ohio.

Mr. Jones worked in several places around the country in his field, but his daughter, Molly Jones, said he felt he reached the apex of his career when he came to Durango about seven years ago. He worked in process-plant engineering for M3 Midstream Energy Co.

Mr. Jones was a “hunter; gatherer of friends; survivor of Democrats; victim of caprice; protector of impulse; murderer of names; goer of parties; holder of opinions,” his family said. “He braved the stormy seas of taxes and battled the fierce opponents of the free market. Many a truck was muddied by his unerring hand; many a slope was skied by his unfailing spirit. No lift climbed the steeps of Telluride without his knowledge, and no sandwich escaped being squashed. Steve Jones did everything completely.”

Mr. Jones is survived by his wife of almost 30 years, Beth Jones of Durango; daughter, Molly Jones of Salt Lake City; son, Dakota Jones of Boulder; mother, Oleta Faye Tucker of Durango; father, George Poole Jones III of Albuquerque; and stepbrothers Rob Haack and Scott Haack, both of Phoenix.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 23, 2012, at First United Methodist Church of Durango, 2917 Aspen Drive. A party will be held afterward at his home. A second celebration of life will be held at the end of June, when his ashes will be scattered from the top of Mount Tomasaki near Moab, Utah.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.