Wayne Jones

Rollan Wayne Jones, son of Clarence and Eulene, was born in the St. George, Utah hospital on March 23, 1964. As is the way with all tiny humans, born into circumstances beyond their control, it would have been difficult to predict Wayne’s future life, his challenges and triumphs, the man he would become. Large of stature, Wayne left unmistakable footprints, large enough fortunately for others to place their feet into, and follow one by one; but the most beautiful thing about people is not found in their measurements of apparel worn, or the features visible to the eye; it’s in the depth and content of their character. And if it’s true that “the heart of a good man is the sanctuary of God in this world,” being loved by Wayne was a very safe place to be.

Simplistic, but with a substantial country boy code of living, from his first cries of infancy his life played out a bit like a perfect Garth Brooks song. Wayne spent his first years in Orderville, UT, and later lived in Page, AZ. Raised without a father until he was 6 years old, Wayne spent summers working and learning from grandparents; going to church on Sundays just so he could unlock the door to play hoops with his friends, and later recruited to play basketball at Brigham Young Hawaii. Wayne spent one year dunking the ball, until a burst appendix threw him off that course. He decided next to serve a mission as a representative for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and did this in Portland, OR. But in actuality, for Wayne service was an everyday way of life.

Forever changed by the sight of his future wife Lise Ann Madsen, he could never accept second-best despite her best efforts to shake him; and on August 3, 1990 they were married in the St. George temple. Wayne devoted the rest of his life to creating an exceptional world for and with his wife and three kids. He served his Church and community as Bishop; and worked hard, ever-lending a generous hand to those around him. He was clever, mischievous, and extremely capable. Mechanics, cooking, riding horses, fishing, poaching, camping, throwing kids off of the tube on Lake Powell, and taking care of his babies were a few of his loves and hobbies. Intimidating of stature, his nieces and nephews looked up at him in awe, and affectionately referred to him as Uncle Dwayne. He was a craftsman and carpenter; strong and ambitious, soft-spoken and humble; a true gentle giant and unwavering and unselfish provider of all that was good and necessary. As Wayne said it best, if he’d been blessed with a better singing voice, like Jim Reeves, he would’ve absolutely been the perfect man.

Wayne fought a valiant fight with Cancer; but in the arms of his devoted family on September 10, 2023 his noble spirit was set free from earthly cares as a gentle rain fell, mourning his passing and paying tribute to a life well-lived. He is survived by his eternal companion Lise; exquisite daughters Tasha and Lindsay (Louis) and granddaughter Sailor; incredible son Jayce (Ashlend); loving parents Charlie and Eulene; and siblings Doreen, James, John, Bruce, Tony, James B., and Chris. Memorial services will be held at the LDS Stake Center in his former community of Page, AZ where he labored and lived for 30 years. Viewing at 10:00am with a service to follow at 11:00am (AZ time), Saturday, September 16th. “Letting go is hard, but being free is beautiful.” -Wilder.

Services were arranged with Mosdell Mortuary.




  1. Paul Worthen September 12, 2023 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    Our hearts are broken! We loved Wayne and mourn with you. He was a friend and was taken home too soon. The Worthens send their love and prayers for comfort to be with your family. We love you so much. Paul and Christine

  2. Melanie Madsen September 12, 2023 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    A beautifully kind, loyal, witty, forthright, gentle—yet strong—man, Wayne will be missed by all who knew and love him.

  3. Ashley Ence September 12, 2023 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    Miss him so much already. He was an exceptional man and uncle. My love of country music was born as a little girl riding with you guys in his big truck. Blessed to be his niece.

  4. Maddy Michelle September 12, 2023 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    Such an amazing uncle. I have been incredibly blessed with so many magical memories growing up. There was always a laugh, a song, or a blast to be had with uncle Wayne! The kindness, love and support he always gave has changed my life and brought me closer to my Heavenly Father and his love for me was always felt through uncle Wayne. I will always be grateful!!

  5. Suzie Harris September 13, 2023 at 1:31 am - Reply

    Wayne Jones was a legend at our house growing up. My dad Scot treated him like part of our family. When talking about basketball players coming out of Valley High School the measurement of how good players are have to compare with Wayne. My dad wrote a letter to the Salt Lake Tribune upset when Wayne was a Senior he was not the MVP. We heard for years after the committee who chose MVP’s obviously didn’t watch a single ballgame Wayne played in. I know Wayne was very service oriented and will be missed by many.

    • Gwenda Fowler September 18, 2023 at 3:37 am - Reply

      My Condolences to his Family and love ones. I would like to say on behalf of my people, the Diné from the surrounding area of Page, we admired him for his kindness and generosity. He was a man who helped you if he could. I and my husband thought he was a exceptional man, it was rare to find a business man who truly did care and went way beyond helping you if you were in a crisis. It is with saddness and sorrow to hear of his passing. May God bless your family and be with you until we meet again. What a great human being you are Wayne, you will be fondly be remembered as a gentle giant in our hearts. Amen.


  6. Kathy Johnson September 13, 2023 at 2:58 am - Reply

    I went to high school with wayne and was a cheerleader when he led us to the state win
    Wayne was so kind everyone loved him. Im heartbroken he was taken so young.

  7. Evan Christensen September 13, 2023 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    Deepest sympathies to your family at this time.

  8. Marlene Roundy September 13, 2023 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    I went to high school with Wayne. What a crazy dude!! Always a jokester. He was always laughing and could make you laugh. Always thoughtful of others. He loved his grandpa and grandma Hoyt and would do anything to help them. Goodbye to an old friend!

  9. Spencer and Haley Walker September 13, 2023 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    We’re so sorry for your family’s loss. You’re in our prayers.

  10. Santee Rocke & Family September 14, 2023 at 5:18 am - Reply

    Sending heart felt Condolences to the family, he was so helpful and a very considerate man, may he rest in Peace..

  11. Orval n Gerta Palmer September 14, 2023 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    Wayne had a great impact on his community and friends. What a great life well lived.

  12. Tina Taylor September 14, 2023 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    From our entire family here in Texas (Sandy Campbell’s side) we send our condolences and prayers to you Lisa and all family. Wayne was and will forever be remembered as a big loving gentle giant that lived life with great measure. His kindness and laughter outstretched even his size from head to toe by leaps and bounds. May you find comfort in knowing our sorrow and sadness is because of the love he gave, the love we keep of his memory and the love we share in being a part of his great life here. Heaven has gained another Angel and our parents are greeting him with open arms.

  13. Keith Webb September 14, 2023 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    Wayne was a wonderful human being. He touched my life with his friendship and will be greatly missed by me and my family in this lifetime. Our hearts go out to Waynes family members.

  14. Keith Webb September 14, 2023 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    Wayne was a wonderful human being.He touched me with his friendship and will be greatly missed by me and my family in this life. Our hearts go out to Waynes family.

  15. Gary Starnes September 14, 2023 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    I never got the chance to get to know Wayne as much as I would have liked.
    He had a razor sharp wit and an easy smile. He could have been a cowboy poet, a professional athlete or anything he aspired to be.
    As it turns out he became an extremely hardworking and very successful businessman. Who has left his beautiful family behind with no worries for anything they may need. His absence will be missed.
    Kind compassionate and someone you could trust is how I’ll always remember him.

  16. Debbie Hindmarsh Clementson September 15, 2023 at 12:44 am - Reply

    We are so sad to hear of his passing. What a great man. Wayne was our bishop and friend and was a great example to our family. We loved and admired him. Our hearts go out to his family at this time and I hope they will find comfort in knowing that they were blessed to have him in their lives. His memory will live on.

  17. JR nez September 15, 2023 at 2:37 am - Reply

    I hope a big O tire is a hoop 4 U. Ride the white horse to ur next life, with beauty in front, behind, above below, n all around may ur family walk safely daily , until we meet again, enjoy

    • Kyle and Jessica Bartholomew September 16, 2023 at 4:02 am - Reply

      The best man to know. He will truly be missed. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family.

  18. Nick Nicksic September 15, 2023 at 3:22 am - Reply

    Wayne was truly a gentle giant. He was a great example of how to serve others and to be kind to everyone. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  19. dave w washburn September 16, 2023 at 4:02 am - Reply

    My deepest, heart-felt condolences to Wayne’s family. So, so sad to hear of his passing, What an amazing man. I have the absolute fondest memories of Wayne Jones and Page, Az. when I was young. Fishing, golfing, freshman basketball before he moved, Lake Powell, chasing girls; he taught me how to play poker when we were still kids. If he had stayed in Page during high school I’m sure we would have been state champs as well, he was that good. I was with him when he blew out his knee while playing basketball for Utah Valley, Several years ago my Dad drove back to Idaho from Page and told me “you need to call Wayne Jones and thank him for helping an old man who was having car trouble and then not accepting a dime for all his help” Wayne learned compassion from his amazing parents, Charlie was always helping people as well. I thank the good Lord for knowing Wayne Jones and my thoughts and prayers are with his wife and children.

  20. Karlyn Buntimg September 16, 2023 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    Today we honor a Great Friend! I’m grateful I was able to grow up and serve with Him. God Bless You, Wayne 🙏❤️🙏

  21. Sandra Andrus September 16, 2023 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    I loved Wayne very much! He was like a little brother to me as I was growing up. I was so very sorry to hear of his passing. I spent some of my happiest memories with Doreen and her family in Springdale, Glendale, and Page. I felt like Eulene was my second Mom because she treated me absolutely wonderfully whenever I came to visit. I couldn’t wait to spent time with their family every summer. Doreen was my BEST friend and time spent with her was just full of joy. I got to know all of the brothers… they have grown up into great men. Wayne had a special place in my heart. I sure will miss that smile of his and wish that he could have had more time with his family. My heart is aching for your family today and I’m thinking of you all!
    I love you.

  22. Wes Hoyt September 16, 2023 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    Wayne and I became friends for a time in the early 1980’s. I remember a 15 minute trip on motor cycles from the East entrance of Zion to the West entrance. Glad we survived.
    Thank you Wayne for being my friend during that stage of our lives.
    To Lise and the whole family, may the peace and comfort of our Savior’s rescue help you through the coming days without your husband, father, grandfather and friend.
    To Wayne, God bless you my friend until we meet again. Please tell Rollan and Wana hello for me. I sure do miss them.

  23. Sharron Malmquist September 16, 2023 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    So sorry to learn of your loss. Wayne left a lasting impression on all he met. He will be missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers to all his family. Take care!

  24. Brian & Bernice Mabey September 17, 2023 at 9:17 am - Reply

    A wonderful man and family. Our love and condolences to the family. Wayne was a great neighbor, friend and Bishop. We will always be grateful for the positive impact he had on our family. God bless.

  25. Kimberly Bonniksen September 17, 2023 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    Thank you Wayne for your kindness and example to us and our children. We love you.

  26. Bambi September 18, 2023 at 5:45 am - Reply

    Condolences to his family’s and we will miss him dearly! He help me so many time , he was a great caring guy and help anyway , never refused no one .. god take the best one home ! Miss u 😢

  27. Matt Parry September 19, 2023 at 3:11 am - Reply

    So sad to hear of Wayne’s passing. I feel lucky to have been his friend and to have had the opportunity to call him on a whim last year and talk for a while. He always made me laugh. We had some great times growing up in Page. Love you man!

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