DAVID JONES

David Lee Jones, 64, was born April 7, 1952, in Beckley, W.V. He passed away Oct. 13, 2016, in Springfield, Mo.

He was preceded in death by John and Verna Jones.

He is survived by his sons, Jeremy Wade Jones and wife, Angie, of Rogers, Ark., and Matthew Dean Jones and wife, Maria, of Springfield, Mo.; grandchildren, Jacob Andrew Jones, Calyssa Mahri Jones and two grandbabies on the way, baby boy Jones and Amelia Jeane Jones; mother, MayBelle Woiak, three halfbrothers, Greg Woiak, Jim Woiak and Andy Woiak, all of Wisconsin; one sister, Johna Kozemczak of Houston, Mo.; and two half-sisters, Rocheale Sweny and April Peckham, both of Wisconsin; and numerous other family and friends.

David grew up in the Phoenix, Ariz., area and graduated from Peoria High School, where he developed a love for football and baseball that would never leave him. He attended Arizona State and played football for the Sun Devils under legendary coach Frank Kush. He remained a faithful fan throughout his life.

David was a computer programmer, working mainly in the financial sector. He helped develop the first ATM network while working for Citibank in Sioux Falls, S.D. He lived in many different states, always working on new projects and innovations for upper tier financial corporations. He was a top consultant for IBM and was called on to develop software programs for companies such as Walmart, Coca-Cola, Security Pacific as well as government agencies like the USDA and City of Portland.

He was an avid sportsman throughout his life and enjoyed coaching basketball and especially men’s slow pitch softball. He led his team to three world men’s slow pitch softball championships. He had a passion and love for coaching. He always had a positive attitude and worked to instill this in the many teams he coached.

He wasn’t just a sports coach but a life coach. He believed that sports taught you to know the rules of a game, the technique of playing and also how to get along with your teammates and your opponent. These qualities, if learned well, would also help you in whatever you eventually did in life. During his late life he spent much of his time researching genealogy and following politics and professional sports.

David loved his family and eventually moved to Ozark to be near his sons and their families. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Services were 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, at Evans Funeral Home with Elder Joseph F. Smith officiating. Burial was in Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Jeremy Jones, Matt Jones, Chris Ely, Kirk Stafford, Steve Floyd and Merlin Eddy. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. To send an online condolence, please go to www.evansfh.com.

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