Richard Allen (Dick) Jones, of Eagle River, died June 13, 2013 at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. He was 53.
A husband, father, son, brother, grandfather and friend, Mr. Jones was born April 16, 1960 to Robert and Susan Jones in Colville, Wash. He spent his early years living in and around the states of Washington, Idaho and Montana, where he grew to love the outdoors.
He graduated from John R. Rogers High in Spokane, Wash. As a young man, he returned to Colville, where he learned the taxidermy profession. An avid hunter and outdoorsman, his love of the wilderness eventually brought him to Alaska.
In 1980, he and friend Doug Ghramm drove the Alaska Highway and eventually settled in Eagle River.
In Alaska, Dick found a home where he would become a successful big game hunter with many trophies, especially Dall sheep.
He was an entrepreneur who owned and operated a number of businesses. After arriving in Alaska, he worked at Boondock Taxidermy before opening his own Chugach Taxidermy. He also worked in land development, building, landscaping, real estate sales and at the mobile storage shed business he operated until his death.
He married Pahleah Tanner, and they raised their four children together.
“Dick was a family man and was blessed to have met his granddaughter, Amberleah, who arrived just days prior to his death,” his family wrote.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Susan Jones and his grandparents.
He is survived by his wife, Pahleah; sons, Ryan and Mitchell; daughters, Alisha and Crystal; granddaughter, Amberleah; father and step-mother Robert (Bob) and Claudia Jones; sisters, Kimberly, Megan and Lacy Jones; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
There will be no formal services and his ashes will be spread at his favorite place.
Memorials may be sent to Pahleah Jones, P.O. Box 3045 Palmer, AK 99645.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date and posted on his wife’s web page.