October 26-29, 2017 • Cedar City, Utah

2017 Grand Marshal —William Craig Jones

William Craig Jones, born on December 25, 1933, is a 4th generation farmer and rancher well-steeped in the heritage of Cedar City.  His great-grand parents were part of the first group of pioneers that settled Cedar City.  Growing up he loved sports and working on the family farm. He served in the military, then went on an LDS mission to Southern California.  

He completed his studies at the College of Southern Utah; where he played basketball and in 1959 he went on to earn bachelors and master’s degrees at Brigham Young University.  In 1963, while working on his doctorate at the University of Arizona, he was enticed back to Cedar City to teach government at Southern Utah University(SUU).  

Though guided by his father to pursue a teaching career, which he did for 35 years at SUU, Craig was anxious to retire so he could return to his roots which was the livestock business full time.

He has given his time and talents across a wide range of civic bodies in the region. He has served on the Color Country RC & D Council, Iron County Planning Commission, Coal Creek Irrigation Board and Cedar City Downtown Re-Development Committee.

Craig is now fulfilling a lifetime dream with two of his sons by running sheep and developing the family farm.  He and his late wife Bonnie are the parents of four children and 16 grandchildren. He recently said, “I have never felt better and more content”.

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