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.
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Dennis & June Hardziej saysNovember 17, 2021 at 6:59 pm
So sorry for Gary and your family. It is definitely a difficult time for all. As a neighbor, he will be greatly missed. He was such a gracious person, always willing to help. I know the days ahead will be difficult for the family. Please be aware that all your neighbors are here to help you, anytime you need it! My sincere condolences.
Steve and Christie saysNovember 18, 2021 at 2:13 pm
We were so privileged to get to know Gary and Linda Jones better when they attended Bible studies at our home. We observed that Gary was a very compassionate man, and who was eager to deepen his relationship with Jesus Christ.
It was obvious that he was in continual pain, but he always kept a positive attitude, and never complained. We have full assurance that Gary has entered the rest that the Lord promised.
We will continue in prayer for Linda and Nichole as they adjust to life without their beloved husband and father.
Steve Edgar saysNovember 21, 2021 at 12:54 pm
Linda, Nichole and Jordan. Sharon and I were saddened to learn of Gary’s passing. We so much enjoyed his company for over ten years of soccer games watching Nichole and all here teammates play hundreds of games. He was a super fan and volunteer for the team. He was simply the nicest and kindest Dad on the sidelines. I still remember the time we were hunting elk and had to break camp about 1 in the morning due to extreme snowfall. He was instrumental in getting us off the mountain to avoid leaving our gear until spring! We will keep you all in our prayers as you grieve Gary’s passing. God Bless you all. Steve and Sharon Edgar
Jim McBath saysNovember 30, 2021 at 7:11 pm
So sorry to read of Gary’s passing. Enjoyed the years of working with Gary at Brownfields in Boise and Meridian.Stories of hunting,fishing,and working on our cars.I am a better person for knowing Gary.Deepest sympathy to the family.
Michele McMaster saysDecember 4, 2021 at 1:26 pm
My deepest sympathy in your loss of Gary. I always enjoyed interacting with Gary and appreciated his care for patients. He will be missed as he made a difference for so many.