David Alan Jones, 43, of Athens, died unexpectedly on May 14, 2012 at his home. Born March 26, 1969 in Athens, he was the son of Judith Jones of Pomeroy and Bill (Janet) Jones of Waynesville.
A 1987 graduate of Athens High School and 1992 graduate of Ohio University with a degree in airway science, David worked for many years as a pilot flying GIVs for NetJets, Inc. and operated an aviation management company. He was a former owner of Mr. D’s Army Navy Surplus on East State Street, worked as a stock broker for AG Edwards & Sons in Cleveland, and as an Inside Sales Manager for Great Northern Consulting Services in Columbus. He lived and worked at various times in southern Florida, Cleveland, Ohio, Columbus, Ohio, Jacksonville, Oregon, and Reno, Nevada.
Always one to embrace adventures and challenges, David completed numerous running and multi-sport events including marathons, half Ironman triathlons and the 2001 Ironman USA in Lake Placid, New York. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed living in both southern Oregon and northern Nevada where he could quickly escape to multiple hiking or biking trails and ski slopes. A world traveler for work and pleasure, he saw the ruins in Rome, St. Petersburg Square in Russia, and ran with the bulls in Pamplona, Italy. Not one to keep his feet on the ground, David made multiple skydiving jumps and climbed rocky ranges in Moab, Utah and along the Rubicon Trail in Jeeps. He was selected and ran a portion of the 2002 Olympic Torch Relay prior to the Salt Lake City Winter Games.
Besides his parents, David is survived by his daughter Corinne Jones who he loved to the moon and back, his former wife Elizabeth Pidcock Jones, his brother and sister-in-law Mike and Tamara Jones of Ashburn, Virginia, three nephews, Jack, Pete and Cole of Ashburn, Virginia, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
A memorial service will be held Saturday 2:30 pm at Jagers & Sons Funeral Home, Athens. Family and friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Contribution may be made in David’s memory to the National Park Trust, www.parktrust.org. Please share a memory, a note of condolence or sign the online register book at www.jagersfuneralhome.com.