Jones' late wife Karen, their 5 children, 2 daughters-in-law, and 4 grandchildren all attended the memorial unveiling, and Karen spoke at the service; expressing her appreciation to Wyatt and the Garfield County Sheriff's Office for the beautiful monument and memorial to her late husband. She also presented several gifts to Wyatt, including his Eagle Scout tie pull. Last Sunday, Karen rode in the Ride For The Fallen with 4,000 others on her motorcycle, and says she is the only widow of a fallen deputy that has ridden every year in the Memorial Motorcycle ride for fallen
Deputy Jones was killed January 26, 2003 in a place called Alvey Wash near Escalante, while he was attempting to arrest a man who was drinking and driving. The passenger in the car, Earl Barnes, was found guilty of shooting and killing Deputy Jones and is currently in prison. The driver of the car, William Allred, died in prison of natural causes in 2008.
The 44-year-old Deputy Jones had only been a deputy for 16 months; having fulfilled his life-long dream of working in law enforcement. Prior to his being a deputy, he worked for the Utah Transit Authority.