Calvin Elmer Jones


(July 28, 1918 - Feb. 17, 2011)

Calvin Elmer Jones died on Feb. 17, 2011 in St. George, Utah. He was 92.

He was born on July 28, 1918 in Byron to Oscar and Estella Jones. He was a very small baby and they didn’t expect him to live. He was the sixth of nine children.

He grew up in Byron, and graduated from Byron High School. He attended Brigham Young University and the University of Wyoming. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

He married Shirley Lantrip on Feb. 19, 1943. They had one daughter. They were later divorced.

Cal lived in Byron until 1966. He then moved to Logan, Utah, where he met and married Geraldean Cantwell Proffit. They were sealed in the Logan, Utah, Temple on April 5, 1973. They had one daughter. They moved to St. George, Utah, in 1989.

Cal was a very active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints all of his life and he served in many capacities. He and Geraldean served a mission for the LDS Church in Kirtland, Ohio, in 2002-2003.

Cal will be remembered for his devotion to family. He loved to be with his grandchildren and they loved to spend time with him. He was very tender-hearted and spent a great deal of time helping others. He was never too busy to help. Cal loved to work, a trait he has passed on to his children and grandchildren.

Cal played tenor sax in dance bands from the time he was about 15 years old until just a few years ago. After moving to St. George, Cal and one or two others would play for residents in nursing homes several times a week. When he was in his late 80s, he commented “those old people seem to really enjoy our music.”

He is survived by his wife Geraldean; daughters Beverly (Edward) Cozzens and Kim (Derek) Naegle; stepsons, Mike (Gayla), Brian (Diana) Steve (Teresa) and Jeff (Colette) Proffit; 19 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one sister, Zelda Moore of Cody.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 11 a.m. in St. George, Utah, at the LDS Church at 750 Ft Pierce Road. A viewing will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 23 and prior to the funeral from 10 to 11 a.m.