In memory of

Douglas W. Jones, age 65 of Stemple Pass

December 22, 1949 – December 26, 2014

Dr. Douglas Jones of Stemple Pass passed away due to natural causes on Dec. 26, 2014. Born in Butte,Mt in 1949 Doug resided in Helena 1959-1968.

Dr. Jones received his degrees in physics from Stanford University, University of British Columbia and University of Arizona. He worked at Bureau of Standards and National Institutes of Health near Washington D.C. for 20 years.

Upon retiring due to a disability Doug moved to his house near the cabin of his parents Wayne and Ethel Jones who preceded him in death.

He is survived by a brother, Brad Jones of Hawaii, a sister, Sharon Ellestad of Helena, a niece and nephew, Shauna and Daniel Brent, and their families.

A private family memorial is planned.


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  1. Dave Van Nice says

    My condolences to Doug’s family. We were great friends growing up, but lost track of each other over the years. I didn’t know he had returned to the Helena area. Doug was an absolutely brilliant guy and it is sad to hear that he has passed away.

  2. My Husband Tom and I have been caring for Douglas for the last several years. It has been our honor to care for him. He will be greatly missed. Good bye dear Friend.

  3. Sharon Ellestad says

    Thanks all of you for your kind words & thoughts.. from Doug’s family

  4. Denise Feller says

    Sharon, I am so sorry to hear of your brother’s death. I remember him being the “little brother” when we were growing up. My prayers are with you, Brad and your family.

  5. bev guerin says

    i met Douglas through my daughter Lori and my son in law Tom Quesnoy. Lori and I brought up a picnic lunch. he really enjoyed the kentucky fried chicken He was disappointed the corn c off the cob. he was expecting to chew on the cob. we talked about helena and all the changes. he made sure i saw his pond and saw all his fish . my great grandson caught his first fish there. douglas you will be missed.

  6. Sharon Ellestad says

    Daniel Brent, Doug’s nephew, shared that Doug was one of the kindest, most thoughtful people he had ever known & he pay attention to him & his sister as children. Dan said his Uncle Doug had influenced him to be a better person as well as to have critical thinking & a scientific point of view. Some of his fondest memories are of their time spent together.

  7. Trina Blankenship says

    I love you uncle.. Rest In Peace

  8. Janelle Fallan says

    What a shock to hear of Doug’s death. He was undoubtedly the smartest guy in our class at Helena High, and he was nice, too. I’m not surprised at his multiple degrees. I would have loved to have seen him again.

  9. Daniel R. Weinberger says

    Doug was my esteemed colleague and dear friend at the NIH. He was an extremely bright and creative person and a wonder to work with. I have missed seeing him for the past ten years. He was one of a kind person and gifted beyond words.

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