Brian Keith Jones, 59, passed away on Jan. 29, 2019, at his home in Polson, Mont., with his loving wife, Brenda, by his side.
He was born Oct. 27, 1959, in Brownwood, Texas, to Curtis and Joyce (Egger) Jones. He graduated from Rochelle High School in 1978 as valedictorian and had participated in track, basketball, football and FFA. He made many lifelong friends from high school that he kept in contact with over social media and talked of them frequently.
Brian married Lorrie Burns in 1980 in Texas, and they had one daughter, Kelli Kae. They were later divorced. Brian loved his family and friends in Texas and was proud of his Texas roots.
He moved to Montana in 1996. Here he met his soul mate and life partner, Brenda Bell, and her four daughters. Brian and Brenda were married on May 27, 2000, and the love he had for her continued to amaze her for the remainder of their life together.
Brian held many jobs over the years. He drove truck for a company in Texas, taking him all over the United States, and he also worked for Paradigm, building valves in the Texas oil fields. In Montana, he worked for Jore, Lynch Fencing, Valley View Equipment, Graham Excavating and Out Back Toilets. Brian and Brenda have been the groundskeepers at the Polson Fairgrounds for the last 15 years; he served as PFI president for several terms and remained on the PFI Board of Directors.
He took great pride and joy in making sure the grounds and arena was always ready, worked and safe for all the various users and contestants. Polson Fairgrounds held a very special spot in his heart, and he was very proud to see the progress and growth he was a part of, for over 20 plus years.
Brian was a Christian and a member of the Mercury Baptist Church in Mercury, Texas. Later in life, he considered the great outdoors his church. Brian was a very gentle man known for his kindness, sense of humor and calm nature. He always found the good in people, and had a soft spot for kids and animals, especially the underdogs. He enjoyed camping, rodeos, driving back roads and spending time with Brenda and his Montana family and friends.
Brian was preceded in death by his father, Curtis; and his grandparents on both sides. He is survived by his mother Joyce in Brownwood, Texas, wife Brenda; his daughter Kelli (Greg) Rye and grandson Noah, Kelli’s Mom Lorrie, all in Texas; his Montana daughters by choice, Dessilynn Brown (Don), Dacee Brown (Jason), Caitlin Prescott (Tucker), Alaina Leon (Spencer) and grandchildren Zaelynn and Xeni, Shayden and Khyesin, Gunner and Ryatt, Kaine and Rhett; his brother Buck Jones, sister Brenda Miller, nieces and nephews Taylor and Zachary, Alvin and Valerie Jones, all in Texas; his in-laws Bob and Linda Bell, Brad and Erica Bell and nephews Jonathan and Remington, all in Montana. He is also survived and missed by his extended family and many friends in Texas and Montana, and his faithful dogs Jewel, Jessie and Jinx and mean old cat, Chaos.
Cremation has taken place and a Montana memorial service will be planned in the spring. Brian loved Montana but requested to “send me back to Texas” and be buried by his Dad, and his wishes will be honored. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Polson Fairgrounds, PO Box 1243 Polson MT 59860. Condolences can be left at www.jgfuneralhome.com