David Foltz Jones
12 January, 1927  -- 3 April, 2010


    David F. Jones died at home in Monticello, Florida, Saturday afternoon, 3 April, 2010 around 2:15pm. He had just recently suffered a broken hip after successfully fighting for over a year to heal diabetically wounded feet. His departure was of his own choosing; not out of cowardliness but strength. With his passing goes a great wealth of untapped knowledge, songs unshared, more stories unwritten and countless new friends yet met. Dave's passing is the loss of a true American icon in so many ways. Few have been as productive, generous, talented and out-going as Dave in his 83 plus years. Author of numerous books and more the one article per week for over 35 years, folk singer and cowboy songster, opera fan and singer, for years one of the world's leading saddle makers in addition to professional photographer with one of the first color labs in N. Florida. He still found time to collaborate with fellow folk singers, Slim Dusty, Ian & Sylvia and many more all in addition to his primary role as THE horse trainer in America and the man who introduced the Paso-Fina horse to legions in. From angels to zealots, mobsters to monks, an endless parade of owners sought his near miracle "horse-sense and horse touch." In his spare time, he developed several better veterinary methods for the treatment of horses, discovered a new horse-harmful bacteria and designed numerous bits, bridles and other horse gear and tack whose designs are widely used to this day. After 50 years, he still remained a friend with his many associates from the Arthur Godfrey Show. His wife, "Mac," a naval officer, preceded him in death but never faded from his heart and mind. Like Dave, her own contributions were many, wide-ranging and of great service to America and its development of nuclear vessels--alas, most of her greatest accomplishments must go unacknowledged. She made her own mark in a man's world when women weren't supposed to be able to do that. We owe much of our freedom to her accomplishments and Dave supportive but secretive roles on her behalf.

    Students came from six continents over the decades to apprentice under Dave's superior horsemanship and leather skills. Authors, script writers, actors and directors regularly sought his advice for accuracy and authenticity in the products of their various crafts. Dave was often the first to embrace new ideas, especially new gadgets and new health treatments. Although generally quiet spoken, when needed, his voice was a force not to be ignored or unreckoned with. As most know, his standard answer to "How are you" was always "just barely" and his oft most given opinion was usually "I don't know." Yet, for the most part, he did know--really really know. He preferred the wait and see approach and only shared a real opinion when he knew if would matter or be taken under serious consideration. Few things in this world eluded his notice--Fewer still escaped improvement because of his interest.

    Dave was a richly spiritual person but not very religious in the organized scheme of things. He gave great respect and appreciation to any philosophy, set of beliefs or religious practices that bettered human kind. Native Americans from more than a dozen nations knew him as "The Man Horses Dreamed About." A new kind of stillness has invaded many of our hearts and a very resonant voice has been launch into deep silence. None who knew him on any level can remain untouched and unmoved. Dave is and was the definition of a life lived full. Travel well, our friend, to the stars above, Campfires of the Departed beneath Heaven's throne--look down and remember us as we remember you, and, wish us well and peace as we wish you a stately journey Home.

    A future notice will contain additional details of Dave's life, passing and remembrances. As per his wishes and instructions, pomp and pageantry won't be part of it... However, we seek your stories, memories, thoughts and photographs. They are sought and welcomed as his close friends attempt to archive his life for future generations and preserve his many recordings, writings and photographs. Please disregard errors we failed to notice and correct.

With deepest regrets and regards,
C. Randall Daniels-Sakim, executor



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