Jon Stanley Stone was born in San Antonio, Texas on September 12th, 1962. Jon grew up in Baytown, Texas, where he participated in baseball, football, and even the marching band. He graduated from Ross S. Sterling High School in 1980. In 1982, he met Debbie. They got married and on March 26, 1986 they welcomed Stacey Marie into the world. Fast forward to the early 90’s to a time when mullets and acid washed denim were actually popular. He met a young Longhorn named Angela. After some courting, and his only trip to the ballet, they married and shared an incredible bond. They knew how to make each other laugh and supported each other during the tough times. They not only loved each other, they liked each other...and knew how blessed they were to have that.
Jon loved life and lived it to the fullest. He played softball, baseball, golf and loved hunting - deer, hogs, ducks, geese...if it was a challenge, he wanted to do it. He was an adrenaline junkie, who loved the thrill and the rush. He loved to bungee jump, zip line and sky dive. When he wasn't doing any of that, he coached Stacey in softball and basketball and would have tried volleyball, if he knew how to play the sport! Coaching kids was a great love of his, not just coaching Stacey's team, but helping any child. He loved kids and would help babysit his friends’ kids in the summer when he could. He truly was a kid at heart!
Jon was always the life of the party. He loved to get together with family and friends, and his motto was always, "the more the merrier" and "go big or go home." He loved to plan big parties for birthdays, holidays or just because it was crawfish season! It gave him great joy to have large get togethers. He always made sure everyone had what they needed and were having a good time. His crawfish boils when they lived in Highlands were legendary. He never met a stranger, nor did he go somewhere he didn’t already have a friend.
Jon was also passionate about his job. He loved being in the Safety industry and took it very seriously. He completed the Management System Design for EHS through the University of Texas in Arlington in 2015 and also received 2 Master Certifications and 2 CSHO's, which had been a longtime goal. Stacey loved his old outgoing voicemail message that ended with, ‘and have a safe day.’
As passionate as Jon was about those things, he was most passionate about Angela and Stacey. They were his world, his loves. He often felt like they were ganging up on him, but as they always reminded him, it was for his own good..."we're just looking out for you, big guy!" As stubborn as he was, he could rarely say no to them. He was larger than life...he was loud...he was crazy, funny, kind, compassionate and generous to a fault. If he cared about you, you knew it, he made sure of it. He would give you the shirt off his back. Jon’s loyalty to his family and friends are hard-matched.
He was taken too soon doing what he loved, riding his Harley. He was surrounded by his family and close friends; just as he would have wanted. We celebrate Jon in his passing just as we did in his life: with a warm smile, a huge heart, giant hugs, and memories that will forever be with us.
We will forever love you. We will always miss you. We will never forget our time with you.