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About Willard Larson Jones

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JONES, Willard Larson, president of the Moapa Stake of Zion, was born May 19, 1879, in Washington, Utah, the son of Thomas J. Jones and Johanna C. Larson. He was baptized by his father on his eighth birthday anniversary and in due course he was ordained a Deacon and presided over a quorum; later he acted as a ward teacher and president of the ward Y. M. M. I. A.

He grew up on the farm and, being the oldest of his father s six sons, worked with them, farming, riding the range and looking after cattle.

When 18 years old, young Willard commenced to work for the White Hills Mining Company as a freighter, driving a six mule team.

He continued at this work until he was 20 years old when he was called on a mission. After being ordained an Elder by his father Oct. 21, 1899, he received his blessings in the St. George Temple, Oct. 25, 1899, was ordained a Seventy by Pres. Jos. W. McMurrin and set apart for a mission to the Southwestern States.

He labored in the Lone Star Conference, and was first counselor to the president of that conference for a year and a half.

Returning from this mission in March, 1902, he took a government contract to carry mail from Moapa to Goodsprings, Nevada. This position he held until the completion of the Salt Lake and Los Angeles Railroad in 1905.

Having become a resident of Overton, Nevada, Bro. Jones was sustained as 2nd Counselor to Bishop Bunker of that ward Sept. 6, 1006, whom he succeeded as Bishop of the Overton Ward, Sept. IK, 190K, being ordained and set apart to that position by Apostle George Albert Smith.

In 1912, Bro. Jones represented Clark County, Nevada, in the Nevada Legislature, being the first representative of that newly organized county.

At the organization of Moapa Stake, June 9, 1912, Bishop Jones was selected to preside over the new stake, which position he still holds.

On May 24, 11*14, he married Lois K. Karl of Bunkerville, in the St. George Temple; this marriage has been blessed with seven children, one son and six daughters.

Pres. Jones has been active in a number of import ant enterprises which have added to the development of southern Nevada.

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Willard Larson Jones's Timeline

May 19, 1879
Washington, Washington, Utah, USA
August 10, 1905
Age 26
Overton, Clark, Nevada, United States
October 3, 1906
Age 27
Overton, NV, USA
October 24, 1909
Age 30
Overton, NV, USA
August 25, 1914
Age 35
July 4, 1917
Age 38
Overton, Clark, Nevada, USA
January 22, 1922
Age 42
Overton, NV, USA
July 1, 1958
Age 79
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA
July 5, 1958
Age 79
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA