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Posted: Thursday, February 16, 2012 5:21 pm

Jay Dean Jones, retired Westwood High School teacher and co-founder of Mesa Musical Theater, died Feb. 11 at his home in Mesa. Jones, 77, who directed 24 years worth of critically acclaimed summer productions, held many prestigious positions in the community and received numerous awards and accolades through the years.

Jones' teaching career began in 1956 at Mesa High School. He moved to Westwood when it opened and retired there in 1989. He co-founded Mesa Musical Theater in 1967.

Born Feb. 25, 1934 in Chandler to Leland and Minnie Jones, he is survived by his wife and high school sweetheart Naomi; their three children, Michael, Jennifer, and Melanie, and their spouses; 12 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Visitation is 6-8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17, at Bunker's Garden Chapel, 33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the LDS Beverly Ward, 1054 W. 2nd Place, Mesa. The funeral will be preceded by a 10 a.m. visitation. Burial will be at City of Mesa Cemetery, 1212 N. Center St.

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