Gary Lee Jones
March 12, 1956 – November 10, 2021
Gary was born to Harry and Myra Jones at Lubbock Air Force Base in Lubbock, Texas in 1956, weighing in at 13 pounds! Upon his father’s retirement from the United States Air Force, the family returned back to their family home in Boise, Idaho.
Gary grew up near the Boise foothills and loved hunting, fishing, riding motorcycles, and working on cars. He also loved spending time tagging along with his Uncle Paul working mining claims in Placerville, Idaho. He taught his son and daughter to ride motorcycles in Placerville and enjoyed visits with Uncle Bruce, Aunt Helen, and cousin Steff.
Gary attended school at Hillside Junior High School, Capital High School, Boise State University and graduated top of his class from Northwestern University in the prosthetic and orthotic program, which was quite a feat for a small town boy from Boise, Idaho.
Gary met the love of his life, Linda, in Halfway, Oregon, on a rafting trip down Hells Canyon while volunteering for a program that enabled individuals with disabilities to participate in outdoor adventure recreational activities. In 1988, Gary married Linda Lowe and they spent 33 wonderful years together. Gary started his working career in downtown Boise and was blessed to have found a vocation where he could build artificial limbs and improve the quality of lives of others. Gary retired earlier than he had wanted, due to his health; but upon retirement, Gary volunteered at the Eagle Christian Children’s Ranch delivering food from the Idaho Food Bank and ‘tinkering’ in his beloved shop.
Gary’s life was marked by his love of life, kindness, courage, strength, curiosity, and extraordinarily playful sense of humor!
Gary was the fifth of six children and deeply loved all his brothers and sisters. He is preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Myra, and sister, Harriette.
He is survived by his wife Linda, his daughter Nichole, his son Jordan, his daughter-in-law Andi and two grandchildren: Nick and Nate. He is also survived by three brothers (Cliff, Randy and Roger) and one sister (Karen), plus numerous wonderful nieces and nephews and extended family.
Thank you to Dr. Adcox and Dr. Loveless for the years of improving the quality and quantity of Gary’s life. Your care and compassion meant a lot to him. A special heartfelt thank you to all the friends, family and precious neighbors who lifted him up physically and spiritually, when his body could not.
A graveside service for Gary will be held on December 4, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Dry Creek Cemetery.
A celebration of life will be held for Gary in the Spring of 2022. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Idaho Food Bank, Doctors without Borders, Samaritan’s Purse or Eagle Christian Church.
Arrangements are under the direction of Bowman Funeral Parlor of Garden City.