Andrew “Andy” William Jones passed away peacefully in his home on Thursday, October 7, 2021 after flipping cancer off for four years instead of the originally prognosed two. He fought well and is now free and at peace. Andy was born in Bountiful, Utah on February 19, 1970 to D. Kirk and Sharon Dee Jones. He grew up in Beaver, Utah and eventually returned with his bride Jill Elizabeth Empey to raise their four children together there.\nAndy was the second of seven children. He loved music and unabashedly listened to classical songs along with his favorite hard rock hits. He played the drums so loudly that he could be heard several blocks away and drummed for his own rock band and jazz band. He frequently played for high school assemblies, local weddings, and eventually Dixie’s jazz band. He continued playing his red drums long after college. Andy also acted in many community plays from the time he was a child until he reached his forties. He even directed several that his children performed in. Along with the arts, Andy was involved in athletics. He was a competitive wrestler in high school and excelled at it. His extreme competitiveness carried over to board games and night games like “Kick the Can,” once even reaching an intensity that involved a fractured rib. Andy had an affinity for teasing and sarcasm, and pulled many pranks on his siblings and even the citizens of Beaver. He once painted the high school buses pink just in time for the football team to take them to state. He never got caught (until now). Andy was proud of the curly mullet he grew and kept for several years, and only cut it when he left for his mission in Chicago, Illinois. He loved his mission and especially the people there, and gained an extra focus when Jill “dear Johned" him after he had been out for six months. He got her back, however, and they were sealed on April 17, 1992 in the St. George, Utah temple.\nAndy first laid eyes on Jill while attending Dixie College when he was eighteen years old, and she was the most beautiful girl he had ever seen. He always recounted the first time she smiled at him with emotion. For twenty-nine years, he never stopped holding her hand or telling her how beautiful she is. Andy loved Jill with his whole soul, but his kids were a close second. Together, Andy and Jill raised four children in whom they instilled the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ and a love of the outdoors. They took frequent trips as a family and he drove them to their destinations, sometimes on very little sleep, which always resulted in laughter and fun. Andy and Jill taught their children to be good people. Andy never hesitated to tell them, especially before they left on dates or with their friends, to “remember who you really are.”\nAndy loved the gospel of Jesus Christ and had a close connection with his Savior. He was full of the Spirit and always remained worthy of the temple and of his priesthood. He blessed the lives of his family members with incredible priesthood blessings. He held many callings, and he and Jill always remembered with fondness their mutual calling of teaching adult Sunday School. They developed a great love for those in their class. He also had the opportunity after his diagnosis to serve a family history mission. He had the privilege of serving his fellow community members and gaining close friendships with those he served. He loved the people of Beaver and they love him.\nAndy was welcomed home by his beloved mother, Sharon Jones, his sister-in-law Megan Empey, his niece and nephew Alex and Adri Jones, his granny Ida Jones, and many other cherished loved ones. He dreamed of being a grandpa and has now met the rest of his grandchildren in Heaven. Andy’s family can’t wait to see him again; his sweetheart Jill and their children Spencer (Kylie Peterson), Jessica (Zach Hawkes), Jacob, Rachel (Reese Maxfield), and his first grandbaby, Oliver Hawkes, including his father Kirk Jones, in-laws Martin and Nancy Empey, siblings, nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, and cousins on both sides.\nFuneral services will be held in his honor on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 11:00 am at the Beaver 4th Ward chapel located at 220 North Main Street in Beaver, Utah. A viewing on Friday, October 15 will be held from 6 to 8 pm and a second viewing will be held on Saturday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 am, both at the Beaver 4th Ward chapel. Interment will be held after the funeral service at Mountain View Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary.\n \n\nTo plant Memorial Trees in memory of Andrew William Jones, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.