David Luis Jones, originally of Long Island, New York, passed away on the morning of Thursday, May 30th, 2013 on his farm in Louisa, Virginia, the place he called home for over 40 years.
David was born in New York on January 6, 1947 to Grandville Reynard Jones and Maria Elena Aragon Moreno.
David is survived by his wife of 41 years, Kristine Fletcher Jones, originally of Forestville, Connecticut and a resident of Louisa, Virginia now; and his two sons, Tristan Daniel Jones, who currently resides in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and Fletcher Michael Jones, who resides in nearby Charlottesville, Virginia. He is also survived by his stepsisters, Glennys Catherine Sheppard of Lynchburg and Bettina Margaret Sheppard and her husband, John Blaylock, of Brooklyn, New York. He was also survived by is his brother-in-law Fred Peterson, of Hanover, New Hampshire, and his children, Kenneth Grandville Peterson of Boulder Creek, California, John David Peterson of Leonardtown, Maryland, and Kristina Maria Peterson Klomen of Boston, Massachusetts.
He was preceded in death by his father, Grandville Reynard Jones; his mother, Maria Elena Sheppard; his stepfather, C. Stewart Sheppard; his brother, Grandville R. “Tony” Jones; his sister, Linda Maria Peterson; and his uncle, Luis Alberto Moreno, Jr., and his wife, Norma.
David was a humble man and lived a full life in his 66 years, spending time in New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; Charlottesville, VA;Boulder, CO; Lynchburg, VA;and Louisa, VA. He spent 41 of his years with his wife, Kristine, on their family farm they bought in the early 1970s. There, they raised their two sons and have been proud residents of the Louisa County community ever since. His passion was inbeing outdoors in his gardens and working the family farm. David worked for the Louisa County Water Authority for over 25 years until his retirement in 2010. He spent his remaining years living his and his wife’s dream of tending to the farm that has been home to many sheep and a menagerie of other animals, including his dog and constant companion,Hoppy. He was an especially proud father of his two sons who both achieved the rank of Eagle in Boy Scouts. Tristan is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at Rutgers University in cultural anthropology and Fletcher graduated with his bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia on May 19, 2013. David graduated as part of the class of 1964 from Lane High School (Charlottesville, Virginia) and attended both the University of Colorado (Boulder, Colorado) and Lynchburg College (Lynchburg, Virginia) and was also an Amateur Radio operator under the call name K4NZ for many years. He held an unmatched curiosity of the world around him, but overall, David was a humble, loving father and husband whose family meant everything to him.
David’s family held visitation services this past Sunday, June 2nd, 2013, at St. James Episcopal Church. Funeral services were officiated by Reverend Rodney Caulkins, interim pastor of St. James Episcopal Church, on Monday, Junes 3rd, 2013 at St. James Episcopal Church. The family would like to thank all who attended and truly appreciates all of the support and love they’ve received during this difficult time.
The family would like to thank all those who have been so supportive during this time. While they are unable to list everyone, they would like to especially thank close family friends Al Bogden, Connie and Dewey Collier, and Hester Fletcher.
In memorial, the family would like gifts made in his name to one of two organizations: Heifer International, an organization that David and his wife made gifts to in his sons’ names every year; or to the Sierra Club, a group whose mission statement is “To explore, enjoy and protect the planet,” ideals that David truly loved and by which he lived his life.