Merlin Homer Jones, 94, loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend passed away October 2, 2021 of natural causes. He was born March 26, 1927 in Magna, Utah to Raymond Richard Jones and Elsie Ella Wassmer Jones. He attended West Jordan Elementary and Jr. High. He graduated from Jordan High School. He was a member of the 1944 State Championship football team. He was offered a football scholarship to the University of Utah, but declined in order to farm with his father and brother in the southwest Salt Lake County area. In his earlier years he worked at the West Jordan Sugar Factory. In high school he played the saxophone and clarinet and participated in a band that performed for dances around the valley.\n\nMerlin married Vondelee Blasius, his high school sweetheart on December 4, 1947. They were married for 68 years. He farmed and they were residents of West Jordan for 47 years. They moved to South Jordan and lived there for 27 years. In 1977 they purchased a farm in the Raft River area of Idaho, where his son Kendall still farms. They purchased a home along the Snake River in Burley, Idaho where they loved to spend time.\n\nHe enjoyed traveling with his wife to various places, including Alaska, Mexico, Australia and especially Hawaii. Merlin loved to visit with friends and family and was always ready with a good story. Favorite topics were the farm, family, playing football, traveling and reminiscing about old times. Merlin and Vondelee loved family parties. They had a way of making everyone feel special. Family and home were their main priorities.\n\nMerlin is survived by his children: Michael L. (Beverly), his favorite daughter Vickie Widerberg (Arnie), and Kendall D. (Jeanne), 9 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by Vondelee, his parents, sisters LaVerla Bateman and Melva Powell, brother LaMar Jones, and his great-granddaughter Ashtin Kroon.\n\nFuneral services will be held on Friday, October 8, 2021 at 11:00 am at Jenkins-Soffe South Valley, 1007 W. South Jordan Parkway, South Jordan, Utah, with a viewing from 9:30-10:45 am. Interment at South Jordan City Cemetery.\n\nThe family would like to thank Ken, Brandy and Keri from Home Instead for their extraordinary care and love.